West Bromwich Albion continued their magnificent form despite the month-long break last night, as they battled from behind to defeat a spirited Sunderland.
Having won their last three Championship games before the domestic hiatus, there were questions about whether Carlos Corberan could continue their hot streak against a side who too had won three of their last four.
It was a tale of which side could maintain their form, and when Amad Diallo slotted home from the spot after 19 minutes things looked bleak for the Spaniard.
However, it was his substitutions that turned the game on its head and helped mastermind a sensational comeback.
Whilst Daryl Dike will likely earn the plaudits for his goal and assist from the bench, it was in fact another substitute in Tom Rogic who truly kickstarted the comeback with his goal in the 70th minute.
Having held off the man, his American teammate laid the ball off and with the outside of his left boot, the 29-year-old stroked the ball into the corner.
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His classy strike was imperative in their late comeback, which Dike sealed with eight minutes to go.
That was not all the Australian contributed in midfield, as his relentlessness and energy from the bench added electricity the travelling side needed to force the issue.
In just 32 minutes he would make a mammoth six tackles, have 26 touches and win seven of his nine duels at a 77% success rate.
He would also record an 85% pass accuracy and only lost possession five times, outlining his quality on the ball to add to his work rate. It was a display rather appropriately dubbed “absolutely irresistible” by The Athletic’s Elias Burke.
Rogic’s introduction changed the game and has surely merited a starting place for their game on Saturday against Rotherham United.
Last night’s victory has soared West Brom up to 17th in the league with a game in hand on many around them, suggesting that should they continue this imperious form the sky really is the limit.
They will have aspirations of a play-off finish and at just eight points off, there’s no reason to suggest they couldn’t make it.
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