Hard work pays off for Rod against Wigan

Darren Moore reckons Jay Rodriguez got his just deserts with a brace to see off Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day at The Hawthorns. 

The former England international nodded in Dwight Gayle's cross in the first half before a stunning volley saw off a spirited Wigan side. 

"He's deserved the two goals - the first a fantastic header with power and precision - because he's worked incredibly hard in the 90 minutes," said Moore. 

"I am really pleased for Jay. He showed his power today and he did some incredible work for the team off the ball and he worked tirelessly.

"Jay is a great character in the dressing room and a wonderful person, a humble man. You could put Jay in any one of the 11 positions and he will perform to the best of his ability.

"They were two great finishes and he gave us three valuable points. If there is any (transfer) interest (in Rodriguez) I can't stop that.

"Me and Jay were players together at Barnsley and his appetite now is the same as it was then. He has a real zest about him. He is a joy to work with."