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Hand of Rod! West Brom's Jay Rodriguez admits late leveller against Aston Villa hit his hand

Jay Rodriguez has admitted his controversial late equaliser in the West Midlands derby hit his hand.

Jay Rodriguez handled in Albion's late equaliser. (AMA)
Jay Rodriguez handled in Albion's late equaliser. (AMA)

The Baggies striker made it 2-2 in the first minute of injury time after beating Villa keeper Orjan Nyland to a Matt Phillips cross at the near post.

But the ball then hit his arm while he was on the floor and trickled over the net to ensure the spoils were shared in a pulsating match between two Championship heavyweights.

"The ball's landed, it's just how my hands fell," said Rodriguez. "It's obviously luckily gone in, the referee has not seen it.

"It has hit my hand but sometimes you get that luck, sometimes you don't.

"I thought it was an even game at times, they played very good football. It could be a good point against a good side."

Albion had already recovered from going behind to Anwar El Ghazi's deflected shot in the first half, with Dwight Gayle scoring his 10th goal of the season.

But man of the match El Ghazi then fired a thunderbolt into Sam Johnstone's top corner to restore Villa's lead on the hour mark before Albion's dramatic late equaliser.

Baggies boss Darren Moore believes his side had earned that slice of luck after coming from behind twice against an in-form Villa team.

"We deserved something out of the game because of the way we played," said Moore. "Jay's thrown himself at it, it's happened so quick.

"I'm delighted because we suffered a last minute goal on Monday, I'm pleased with the way they kept going all the way to the end because we had two less days to recover.

"You never want to lose these games but because of the lateness of the goal to come back and earn the point, it almost feels like a win.

"I'm pleased because the spirit is good and the never say die attitude was there.

"We played some good stuff, got the ball down and created chances. I enjoyed the game.

"They're a good team in good form, in terms of that I don't look too far ahead, this is a really important month."

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