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Hitman McAuley strikes again as Baggies set sights on 50 points

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By Robert Jones

Gareth McAuley is revelling in his new-found role as one of West Brom's chief goal getters.

His close-range strike in Saturday's comeback win against Bournemouth took the Northern Ireland international to six for the season - just one behind leading scorer Salomon Rondon.

"It fell nicely to me, they're the ones you like when you can just tap it in," he said.

"We work hard on set-pieces and we don't make any apologies for it. It's nice to get a goal but it's also nice for it to count towards points for the lads."

The 37-year-old admitted he wasn't sure exactly where his scoring exploits have suddenly come from.

"I can only think it's partly because of the new rules, where people can't hold you and wrestle you and you can get a move into the box. It's certainly more difficult defending set-pieces. It's maybe a reason why.

"The first objective is to get to 40 points and we've got that.

"I think one game at a time, focus on that, and hopefully we can get past 50 points."

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