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Olsson: I was meant to get out of the way

4 May 2015

Defender delighted with winning goal at Old Trafford

ALBION centre-back Jonas Olsson has humorously admitted that he was supposed to get out of the way of Chris Brunt’s free-kick against Manchester United on Saturday.

The Sweden international was credited with the only goal of the encounter, after Brunt’s second-half strike hit his leg and flew past David De Gea into the top corner.

Olsson’s first goal of the season ensured Albion secured not only back-to-back wins at Old Trafford, but also back-to-back victories on the road in the Barclays Premier League following their 2-0 triumph at Crystal Palace.

The 32-year-old was delighted to score the winner, but insisted that he didn’t see the ball hit the back of the net.

“The free-kick was close to the goal and we knew with Brunty’s left foot that he was going to hit it as hard as he could,” said Olsson.

“If it cleared us it was going to be good, but it was also going to be good if it took a deflection.

“It went very quiet so I thought it might have gone in and Brunty was obviously running and everyone was around him.

“I’m claiming it though.

“It was one of those lucky breaks, but that is what you need sometimes.

He added: “We had worked on the free-kick and I was actually supposed to get out of the way.

“I was trying but I didn’t manage to get away.

“I looked one way and put it another way.

“All goals count, it wasn’t the nicest one but it will be one of the ones I remember the most.”

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