Sunderland 1 - West Bromwich Albion 2
A thrilling and, from where we were at half-time, remarkable victory for which our manager must take full credit.
Concerned that both Bartley and Ajayi failed to make it, I thought we’d struggle tonight and the first half played out that way. We were slow, ponderous, predictable and we made poor decisions everywhere.
I thought Sunderland deserved their lead and it was a penalty - Townsend flat footed, not tracking and then really clumsy. It was probably the case that they’d benefited from an extra game as we looked rusty and couldn’t keep the ball. In truth, but for a brilliant Palmer save we’d have been 2-0 down and out of it. As the half wore on though we did start to find our feet - Sunderland might’ve seen red for the cynical foul on Swift and I thought the tackle from behind on BTA running through that didn’t get given was an easy yellow.
We came out after the break better, aggressive and moving the ball quicker. Corberan didn’t hang about, getting Rogic on for Mulumby soon after and then as we built momentum on came Dike, Reach and TGH with Okay going into defence.
We were rewarded with two outstanding goals - a brutal and nonchalant finish from Rogic from the edge of the box and then later a sweeping move at speed and on the margins of risk everywhere, Rogic feeding Wallace who crossed early for Dike to head home.
Sunderland might’ve had a pen although BTA had a similar one not given and we saw it out despite some wobbles.
Massive win, first from behind this season, a manager who won’t leave you wondering ‘what if?’, brilliant goals and a stirring feeling that anything might be possible now.
Can’t wait for Saturday
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