West Brom boss Darren Moore hails Regis Shield as 'fitting tribute'
Boss Darren Moore hailed a “wonderful occasion” after Albion beat Coventry City 5-2 to win the inaugural Regis Shield.
New boy Harvey Barnes and Hal Robson-Kanu both bagged first-half braces on a day celebrating the life of legendary striker Cyrille Regis, who played for both clubs.
Moore paid a moving tribute to his “mentor” Regis, who died in January, in the matchday programme.
Speaking after the game, he described the afternoon as a “fitting tribute”.
He said: “It was a wonderful occasion, a fitting tribute by both teams, clubs, supporters and staff to a wonderful man, a legend of the game. I was really pleased.”
Barnes netted twice in the opening eight minutes, with Robson-Kanu then bagging a double as the Baggies bossed their League One visitors.
Reise Allassani and Jordon Thompson both found the net for the Sky Blues, either side of Jake Livermore firing in the fifth for Albion.
The result completed an unbeaten pre-season for the Baggies and Moore said: “From our perspective it was good to see certain things work well, certain shapes and patterns.
“The boys acquitted themselves very well. It signed off pre-season with a positive result. Managers and coaches wills say results in pre-season don’t matter.
“But it is good to get them and get that winning feeling and mentality, no matter what the game is.
“That is what we are in it to do. We still carry on preparing for Bolton, which will be a tough game. I’m happy with where we are at in terms of the work we have done.”
The boss also reserved particular praise for Barnes, who joined on a season-long loan deal from Leicester last week.
“I’m very pleased with Harvey,” said Moore. “I am pleased the fans got to see a glimpse of what he can do.
“He is an excellent player, who has a really good brain. He’s a clever player and has quality to go with it. He was a player we coveted. I am delighted he is here with us.”