Smiling Sawyers living the dream

Romaine Sawyers admits scoring in front of the Birmingham Road End is the realisation of a boyhood dream.

The 27-year-old, who played for Walsall and Brentford in his six years away from The Hawthorns, stayed cool to seal all three points for Albion in second-half stoppage time.

And the Handsworth-born midfielder - who returned to Albion in the summer - says it’s a goal he thought might never come.

“From a personal point of view, I can’t describe it,” said Romaine.

“Since we have come off the pitch I have been smiling from ear to ear. Everyone knows how much the Club means to me. To go and put in a performance like that personally and as a team it is amazing, especially at home.

“I don’t think it gets any better. Definitely not. It’s something that I have dreamed about as a young boy. You do it in the reserves but it’s not the same feeling as when the stadium is full. We got over the line in the end. We made it a bit hard for ourselves, but we’re here to entertain.

“I would always want to and always think that if I had the opportunity I would love to, but to actually bring it in to fruition is indescribable.

“I’m going to turn my phone off tonight. Take it all in on Monday, enjoy my day off, enjoy the rest and then take it all in. But it’s an amazing feeling from a team and personal point of view to go into the international break.

“It’s amazing. The gaffer didn’t put pressure on us but he told us what we need to do before the game. Our performance in the second half against Leeds only counts if today we were at it.

“Going 3-0 up we were amazing, we kind of took our foot off the gas which we need to learn how to manage the game a bit better, but again the quality has shown. It goes 3-2, they look like they are getting back into it and then we go again and step it up again - 4-2 game over.

“I think after the ten or 11 games we have played if somebody told us the position we are going to be in I think we would have took it. It’s a great foundation to build on for the rest of the season.”

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