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Sunday 17 December 2017

Andrews revels in debut goal after Molineux abuse

KEITH ANDREWS insists he had no qualms about celebrating his 84th-minute goal against Wolves, despite his previous allegiance to the club, as he suffered abuse from supporters at Molineux even before he kicked a ball on Sunday.

Andrews, who came on as a half-time substitute for the injured Paul Scharner, said: “I wasn't reluctant at all, not in the slightest.

“I don't feel I owe the club anything in particular. A few people have said to me since then that Robbie Keane |didn't celebrate when he scored against Wolves for Villa.

“Well Robbie Keane didn't get booed every time he touched the ball or get pelters when he warmed up, so it's swings and roundabouts.”

Andrews, who started his career with Wolves in 1999, playing in 72 matches over six years, netted the fourth goal in the 5-1 rout at Molineux that led to Mick McCarthy's sacking as manager on Monday. Signed on a free transfer from Blackburn on the final day of last month's transfer window, it was the perfect start to life at The Hawthorns for the 31-year-old Republic of Ireland international.

“I would certainly be open to a longer deal,” said Andrews.

“I have come here to play for a head coach I want to play for and a club I believe is run well and has a good set of lads that I enjoy coming in and working with every day. I enjoy being part of the team, so I am certainly open to it and I'm sure if I keep going the way I am then the club will be as well.

“I was delighted just to get on and make my debut and I was delighted with the result. The score, and to win by that margin, was Roy of the Rovers stuff. It was a dream come true.”

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