Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Baggies Are in Our Place

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Baggies Are in Our Place

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Mick McCarthy refused to congratulate West Bromwich Albion for winning automatic promotion - because he is still angry his side didn't manage to beat them to second place.

Last weekend's defeat by the Baggies at the Stadium of Light virtually ended Sunderland's hopes of catching Gary Megson's men, and the Black Cats' failure to beat Wigan on Saturday meant the Hawthorns club were able to celebrate promotion even before their comfortable win over Bryan Robson's relegated Bradford City.

McCarthy is a close friend of Megson, but that was not enough for him to hide his bitterness at seeing the West Midlands club enjoy an immediate return to the Premiership.

He said: "I am not going to sit here and say `well done to West Brom'. Am I heck. No, I'm not pleased for them, I'm sick that we're not there instead of them.

"If I saw Gary, he is a mate of mine and I'd shake him by the hand and say `well done', but I'm not pleased about it.

"I feel mugged after last weekend and if he was sat here and the roles were reversed he wouldn't be happy for me."

Sunderland halted a three-match losing streak with a battling point at the JJB Stadium on Saturday and, while the Black Cats did have chances early in the game, they were indebted to the discipline of their back four for avoiding defeat.

McCarthy's side still need one more victory from their three remaining games to be certain of a

top-six finish, and avoiding defeat by one of their play-off rivals was crucial.

McCarthy added: "If there was anyone in the crowd who was watching the game as a neutral they will have had a fantastic afternoon's entertainment.

"It was a good game of football, both sides were guilty of missing chances, but I think a draw was a fair result.

"I've never had a bad point, but, having lost three games in a row, I think to come to Wigan and get a point is an excellent result. …

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