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Rotherham United 0-4 West Bromwich Albion: Baggies boss hails 'phenomenal' hat-trick hero Gayle

Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle previously scored one hat-trick for Peterborough, two for Crystal Palace and two for Newcastle

West Bromwich Albion head coach Darren Moore hailed hat-trick hero Dwight Gayle's "phenomenal contribution" after their 4-0 win at Rotherham.

Gayle's treble helped the third-placed Baggies extend their unbeaten run to seven games and took the Newcastle loan forward's tally for the season to 13 goals.

Moore said: "He's happy here, he's enjoying his football and he's scoring goals. His contribution to the team has been phenomenal.

"He is a goalscorer and goalscorers are hard to come by. He illustrated why we want him at the football club and we are pleased to have him here.

"His energy, his enthusiasm for the game, his character - we are delighted to have him. He scores goals but he does tremendous work for the team and he is a joy to work with."

Gayle put the Baggies ahead by firing a free-kick under the home side's defensive wall.

Harvey Barnes made it 2-0 after Jay Rodriguez's effort hit the woodwork and keeper Marek Rodak failed to gather the rebound and Gayle then headed in his second.

Another error by Rodak gifted Gayle the match ball before Ryan Manning hit a post with a penalty for the Millers.

Albion's win was their sixth away from home, and almost as pleasing for Moore was seeing his side keep a clean sheet in the league for only the second time this season.

Rotherham showed plenty of attacking endeavour, with Semi Ajayi's follow-up cleared off the line after Manning rattled a post with an angled shot after Gayle's opener.

But they lacked the kind of finishing potency demonstrated by West Brom's top scorer, typified by his second goal after diving to beat his marker to Matt Phillips' free-kick at the near post.

Gayle's hat-trick, completed when Rodak could only palm the ball to him under pressure, was the sixth of his career and first since scoring three for Newcastle in a 4-0 win over Birmingham City in December 2016.

The Millers kept pressing forwards in the hope of a consolation, but when the chance came after Tosin Adarabioyo brought down Richie Towell, Manning sent Sam Johnstone the wrong way only for his spot-kick to rebound away off the post.

West Brom stay third in the table, three points behind Leeds, who play Aston Villa on Sunday, with Rotherham 20th and still without a win since early November.

Rotherham manager Paul Warne:

"I don't think we could have played any better. We missed a penalty which summed up the day really.

"We were just on the side of unlucky, I don't think we deserved to lose 4-0 but West Brom were the better team.

"The lads played as well as they possibly could. Another day we might have got the equalising goal when we hit the post.

"It wasn't like we took an absolute trouncing, we were always in the game. I don't feel ashamed at losing at home to West Brom."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 5Ajayi
  • 15Robertson
  • 3MattockBooked at 44minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 65'minutes
  • 4Vaulks
  • 7Forde
  • 13Towell
  • 17Manning
  • 22NewellSubstituted forTaylorat 72'minutes
  • 24SmithSubstituted forProctorat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 8Palmer
  • 9Proctor
  • 11Taylor
  • 12Price
  • 23Williams
  • 25Wiles

West Brom

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1JohnstoneBooked at 31mins
  • 24Tosin
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Hegazi
  • 3Gibbs
  • 10PhillipsSubstituted forMorrisonat 78'minutes
  • 18BarryBooked at 29minsSubstituted forBruntat 58'minutes
  • 8Livermore
  • 16GayleSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 82'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 15Barnes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 6Sako
  • 7Morrison
  • 11Brunt
  • 12Mears
  • 13Myhill
  • 34Harper
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
10,593

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 0, West Bromwich Albion 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 0, West Bromwich Albion 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jon Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Towell.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion).

  5. Post update

    Ryan Manning (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Marek Rodák.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Morrison.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Morrison.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion).

  10. Post update

    Marek Rodák (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jamie Proctor.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

  13. Post update

    Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Brunt.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kieran Gibbs (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Dwight Gayle.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Jamie Proctor replaces Michael Smith.

  18. Post update

    Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Zak Vyner (Rotherham United).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Towell.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich23145441261547
2Leeds22136336181845
3West Brom23126550311942
4Middlesbrough2310942516939
5Derby2311663225739
6Sheff Utd2311573627938
7Nottm Forest2381143223935
8Birmingham2381053527834
9Stoke2381053027334
10QPR2310492832-434
11Aston Villa228954334933
12Swansea239592927232
13Bristol City238782827131
14Blackburn2371062934-531
15Preston237793538-328
16Hull2376102632-627
17Sheff Wed2376102940-1127
18Brentford2367103434025
19Wigan2374122333-1025
20Rotherham2341092237-1522
21Reading2347122736-919
22Millwall2347122839-1119
23Bolton2346131531-1618
24Ipswich2329121938-1915
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