S’land 1 – 2 W Brom
Daryl Dike inspired West Brom as they beat Sunderland 2-1 in the Sky Bet Championship on Monday night.
Amad Diallo had struck from the penalty spot to put the Black Cats ahead at the Stadium of Light but the Baggies hit back in the second half with goals from substitutes Tom Rogic and Dike, who earlier found his team-mate to equalize with seven minutes remaining the winner determined.
It was the fourth straight win for West Brom under Carlos Corberan and brought them back out of the relegation zone and into 17th place.
Sunderland, meanwhile, missed an opportunity to move up to seventh place. They remain in 11th place in the table.
Corberan changes fuel West Brom comeback
It was Diallo who opened the scoring on his return to Championship action in last week’s win over Millwall and it was the Manchester United loanee who broke the deadlock again in the 19th minute on Monday night.
He charged in from the right and pulled a clumsy foul from Conor Townsend inside the box before stepping up to send Alex Palmer the wrong way. It was Sunderland’s first set piece goal of the season, the previous 29 all coming from open play.
Corberan made changes in the second half to try to get his side back in the game and two of his changes equalized in the 70th minute when Dike pulled a ball back for Rogic on the edge of the box, who finished brilliantly deep in the bottom corner.
And the turnaround was perfect in the 83rd minute when Dike – much like Rogic – scored his first goal for the club when he headed in from close range after being brilliantly picked out by Jed Wallace in the penalty area.
What the managers say…
Sunderland Tony Mowbray: “It’s frustrating. It’s not the first time it’s happened. It’s the experience and the mentality of the team not to try to protect what you have but to be more positive on the front foot.
“Ultimately we sunk too low trying to defend our lead. We had an incredible chance to take a 2-0 lead through Alex Pritchard and that’s how we have to play. We have to be more aggressive and get the fans on sticking to it. A frustrating night for us and it’s disappointing not to have it.”
West Broms Carlos Corberan: “Of course the result is very positive. The team played with great commitment and showed our mentality. After they scored, we started to control the game because they were better than us before. In the second half we were better than them and it allowed us to get the result.
“[Dike] suffered a lot from injuries but when we have all our players available we are a stronger team. We have moments where his physical ability in the penalty area can help us a lot.”
Player of the Match – Jed Wallace
Lee Hendrie on Sky Sports Football:
“Jed Wallace was absolutely brilliant for West Brom, he showed quality with his performance in the first half. Dike’s cross from open play was the winner.”
Both sides are back in action on Saturday at 3 p.m. Sunderland travel to Hull City while West Brom host Rotherham – live on Sky Sports Football Red Button and the Sky Sports app.