Di Matteo hails Jara
West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo paid tribute to Gonzalo Jara following the 2-1 win over Leicester.
Last Updated: 07/11/09 7:16pm
West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo paid tribute to Gonzalo Jara following the 2-1 victory over Leicester.
The Chile international scored with a swerving shot from 30 yards late in the first half to send the Baggies into the break with a two-goal lead after Graham Dorrans had put them in front just three minutes earlier.
Jara has been used in a number of roles this season and Di Matteo insists he is capable of making the step up to the Premier League.
"Absolutely. He will be going to the World Cup with his nation next summer," said the Baggies boss.
"I don't know what his best position is yet, maybe ask me at the end of the season.
"But his versatility is one of the reasons we signed him - to have a player that can play in a number of positions. He can play at centre-back, full-back or as a holding midfielder."
Albion were made to endure a tense finale after Bruno Berner pulled a goal back for Leicester in injury time, but Di Matteo felt his side were worthy winners.
"2-0 up is comfortable if you don't (then) concede but if you do, as we saw, it goes down to the last second of the game and it is always a bit jittery," said the Italian.
"We should have scored the third goal to put the game to bed.
"We absolutely deserved to win. I think we did everything quite well. We defended well and we kept (Matty) Fryatt and (Martyn) Waghorn very quiet.
"We attacked well. We moved the ball around well and we controlled the game the majority of the time.
"We didn't give them any space and I thought it was a very good all-round performance."
The result brought Leicester's six-match unbeaten run to an end but Foxes manager Nigel Pearson was pleased with the application of his players.
"I've got no complaints with the result. They were the better side and they passed the ball very well," said Pearson.
"We were disappointed that we didn't reproduce the form of our last game at QPR, but you've got to give them some credit as well.
"However, I was delighted with the players in the second half. I thought the work rate and commitment and effort was terrific. We stretched them all the way but the goal right at the end was scant consolation."