Late goal takes gloss off Irvine opener

Last updated : 17 August 2014 By Wba-mad Editor

New Baggies boss Alan Irvine said Sunderland’s late equaliser was the only disappointment in his first game in charge of Albion.

A goal in each half from Saido Berahino looked to have given Irvine a winning start before Sebastian Larsson’s equaliser in the 85th minute.

Irvine was pleased with Albion’s overall performance against the Black Cats but added there was room for improvement.

“I’m disappointed really because I felt there were a lot of good things,” said the Albion chief.

“First of all I’m told that we didn’t come back from going behind last season, so that was really pleasing.

“It was a great response from the lads.

“Theirs was a magnificent strike and it could have been very challenging for the players.

“I thought they responded really well and felt we controlled the first half.

“We dominated and had a lot of momentum.

“It was one of those where you didn’t want half-time to come because we were in such a good position.

“We didn’t play as well second half and didn’t pass the ball as well as we had in the first half.

“We gave it away too cheaply at times.

“But then having got ourselves in front I hoped and probably expected us to stay in front.

“And I was disappointed with the nature of the goal and the fact we conceded it.”

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