Clarke pleased to reach milestone after Sunderland win

Last updated : 24 February 2013

Steve Clarke revealed his relief after his Albion side reached the 40 point milestone after a stuttering run following yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland.

On loan powerhouse Romelu Lukaku’s brace put the Baggies two goals up before Sebastian Sessegnon scored a consolation goal with ten minutes remaining.

Baggies boss Clarke said he was satisfied with the victory and performance – and back to winning ways at The Hawthorns.

“It’s a relief to get to the 40-point mark after the run we had in January and early February,” said Clarke.

“I’m pleased to be at 40 points and I’m also a little bit disappointed we didn’t reach 40 points earlier because in the first half of the season we gave ourselves a great platform. 

“There was a time I thought we’d reach 40 points before the end of January. 

“It’s taken us another month but I think we can still be pleased with our efforts. 

“As I said at the start of the season, 50 points was always a realistic target and we’ll make that our next target.” 

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