Manager’s Verdict: Sunderland

NIGEL Clough said that you couldn’t get a more dramatic end to any game and he was delighted that Albion came out on top to keep survival hopes alive.

The Albion manager said: “We are delighted to take the three points and we think we deserved it on the strength of our second half performance – not the first.

“I’m sad what that means for Sunderland but it still gives us that glimmer of hope we take into the last two games.

“It was looking like it might be a similar story to a lot of away performances this season where we have played well but not converted our superiority into a goal. Stephen Bywater has only had two shots at him all game.

“I was disappointed in the first half and even in the heat we should have had more energy.”

But in a frenetic last few minutes Albion grabbed the lead and Sunderland had a goal disallowed at the death.

Clough said: “Everyone around it said it was handball and that’s why they reacted like they did. John Brayford as skipper is perfectly entitled to go to the referee and ask him to talk to his assistant and they came to the right decision.

“The lads said it was a definite arm that pushed it towards the goal and what matters is that they got it right in the end.

“I don’t think you will get a more drama-filled last ten minutes in any game in any league – with them hitting the bar, us getting the equaliser and the winner and then their goal being disallowed. That’s what happens at this stage in the season and fortunately we came out on top but it could have easily gone the other way.

“It was important for us to hang on in there as we know they have been nervous at home and you saw that when we got the equaliser.

“We still know we are outsiders, underdogs to stay up and we have as big a game as it gets next week against Bolton. We have to win next week and then we can take it to the last week – which has always been our aim and then anything can happen.

“Our supporters were magnificent today – we heard them all game and it’s a great trip back home for them.”

The only downside for the Brewers was a shoulder injury for Damien McCrory.

Clough said: “It’s a partial dislocation so it gives him a chance next week. He had no chance of playing on today but we hope it settles down this week. He played well today.”

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