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Sandro gives verdict on penalty controversy

Midfielder praises impressive Albion Etihad showing

MAN of the match Sandro confirmed what every Baggies fan thought as Albion trooped away from the Etihad empty handed – he was denied a second-half penalty.

The Brazilian midfielder, starting his second consecutive match and producing his best performance to date since joining from QPR on loan in January, was at the centre of a key moment in the 2-1 defeat against Manchester City.

With the match level at 1-1, Sandro looked to have been barged over by City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala inside the penalty area.

“I think I definitely should have had a penalty,” said Sandro.

“I was waiting for the ball and I felt somebody push me in the back.

"We feel a little bit sad because of the result.

"We would have liked to have taken some points from the game but we have to look forward to the next game and stay at this level.”

Despite the defeat Sandro believes the Baggies set a standard, not just for the remainder of the campaign, but for the team’s future development.

He said: “I think we played really well especially coming to a place like the Etihad Stadium and facing a team as good as Manchester City.

“It a very difficult place to play and enjoy the game but we created a lot of chances.

“Everyone wants to push Albion a little bit further forward and playing like this we can definitely do that.”