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Andre's delight

Andre Villas-Boas was delighted to end a tough week with victory at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

Gareth Bale secured our seventh away victory in the Premier League this season as we moved to within a point of third-placed Chelsea.

The first half was even with both goalkeepers making saves, but it was one-way traffic once West Brom defender Goran Popov was sent off two minutes into the second half.

We eventually ran up a total of 21 efforts at goal and enjoyed 70 per cent possession with Gareth’s screamer in the 67th minute enough for maximum points, stretching our run to one defeat in 13 matches in the Premier League.

“It was an important week for us with Norwich and West Brom away, extremely difficult matches,” reflected Andre at The Hawthorns.

“We managed to get four points from those fixtures, get back to winning ways at West Brom and our team hasn’t lost since December in the Premier League.

“We also benefit from the weekend’s results and it’s put us in position to close in on third place and also release some of the pressure from (the teams) behind us as well.”

Gareth runs to our delighted fans after hitting the winner

West Brom looked a threat in the first half with Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku working the full width of our defensive line.

“They hit lots of long balls,” added Andre. “The two teams we’ve played this week, Norwich and West Brom, were both very aggressive, hit balls in the channels, balls in behind us with strong players up front, hard to deal with.

“I think both second half performances were very good, when we started to express our football on the ground, things improved for us. In the end, the first half was competitive, the second half we were all over them and it was a good win for us.”

Meanwhile, Andre reported that Jermain Defoe would undergo a scan on his injured ankle on Monday.