Match Reports

Sunderland 1-2 Albion

Albion celebrate at the Stadium of Light.

Albion came from behind to earn a fantastic 2-1 win at Sunderland on Monday night.  

In their first fixture back from the World Cup break, goals from super substitutes Tom Rogic and Daryl Dike overturned Amad’s opener to send them home with a hard-fought three points.

Carlos Corberán’s team, now victorious in their last four Sky Bet Championship games, return to The Hawthorns this weekend when they host Rotherham United.

Daryl Dike and Tom Rogic celebrate.

The boss made one change from Albion’s last league outing, the 2-0 triumph over Stoke exactly one month earlier, as Eric Pieters replaced Kyle Bartley.

And ahead of kick-off the hosts paid tribute to Baggies Club Doctor Julian Widdowson, whose sad passing was announced on Sunday.

Tom Rogic scores.

Sunderland made the stronger start and found the first goal just before the 20-minute mark, Amad winning a penalty and stepping up to send Alex Palmer the wrong way from 12-yards.

It almost got worse for Albion shortly after, but their ‘keeper was on hand to pull off a brilliant save to deny Alex Pritchard’s close-range volley.

The visitors did create a few opportunities, most notably John Swift firing a free-kick over, yet Sunderland held their one-goal advantage at half-time.

Daryl Dike scores.

The Baggies began the second period well and came close to an equaliser through Matty Phillips – the winger side-footing a finish straight at Anthony Patterson following a quick counter-attack.

Rogic, one of a number of game-changing substitutes introduced by Corberán, forced Sunderland’s No.1 into a good save, too, as the Baggies mainly dominated proceedings.

And it was the Australian who equalised on the 70-minute mark. Dike handed him the ball, and Rogic curled a super effort into the bottom corner with the outside of his boot - his maiden Albion goal.

Brandon Thomas-Asante.

Seven minutes from time they then grabbed the winner they deserved. Jed Wallace, a menace all evening, sent an inviting cross towards the near post, where Dike was on hand to hammer a header home.

Albion: Palmer; Furlong, O’Shea, Pieters (Reach 65), Townsend (Gardner-Hickman 65); Yokuslu, Molumby (Rogic 58); Wallace (Kelly 86) Swift, Phillips; Thomas-Asante (Dike 65).

Substitutes: Button, Grant.