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Darren Moore: 'Gareth Barry will play a big part for West Brom this season'

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West Bromwich Albion boss Darren Moore insists that Gareth Barry will continue to play a big part in his side despite a controversial incident last season.

West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore has said that Gareth Barry will "play a big part" for his side this season despite a controversial incident earlier in the year.

Barry was forced to apologise last season after he and other teammates allegedly stole a taxi in Barcelona, leading them to being booed by fans upon returning to the pitch.

However, Moore has stood by his players and urged fans to do the same as the Baggies aim to improve their performances after being relegated from the Premier League last season.

"Gareth is a very intelligent player, somebody that understands the game, and the different challenges," he said in a pre-match press conference. "He's one that can spot danger. He's effective with the ball at feet, his work in and out of possession is excellent.

"I hope there was no real animosity towards him anyway. Gareth Barry is a tremendous player, we're delighted to have him at the club.

"He's worked hard in pre-season, and for somebody of Gareth's age to affect games the way he does, his fitness is good. He'll play a big part."

Moore's side will face Stoke City at The Hawthorns in their Championship clash on Saturday.

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
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· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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