Man of the match award tempered by late setback (FREE VIDEO)
GRAHAM Dorrans was left to reflect on a disappointing afternoon despite a positive personal performance as Albion were held 3-3 at home to Cardiff in a dramatic encounter.
The midfielder, who found the net to double the Baggies’ advantage early on, walked away with the man of the match award following an impressive display.
But any joy was tempered by the loss of two points in frustrating fashion as Cardiff came back from 2-0 down before then going on to snatch a late equaliser in the fifth minute of injury time after the hosts looked to have done enough to earn victory with Thievy's strike a minute earlier.
“That’s probably the hardest Albion game I’ve had to deal with, everyone in the changing room is very disappointed,” said the Scot.
“It feels like we’ve just lost the game, we had three points in our hands and we gave it away so late. It’s very disappointing.
“It’s nice to be back playing but at the end of the day we didn’t get the three points and that’s what my job and the team’s is.
“We never got it and it feels like a defeat the way it ended.”
Dorrans added: “We spoke before the game about a good early start and I think we did that very well, obviously the first half an hour to 45 minutes was probably the best we’ve played all season.
“We got two goals in front and we should really be seeing the game out from there and that’s why it feels like defeat at the minute.”
Despite the late setback, Albion remain three points outside the drop zone heading into the final straight.
Seven fixtures now remain this season, starting with next weekend’s trip to Norwich, who currently sit just two places and three points above Pepe Mel’s side in the Barclays Premier League table.
Dorrans said: “We’ve got to stick together now, we’ve got a big game next weekend at Norwich and Monday we start work on that.
“We have to get the points from the remaining seven games we’ve got left.”