Graham on first start

by Stuart Vose

Striker confident goals will come.

Danny Graham echoed his manager's sentiments as he looked back on his first start for Sunderland.

Like boss Martin O'Neill, the striker felt his side were unlucky not to come away from West Brom with a point as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

“We gave a good account of ourselves in the second half; we didn't let our heads drop at 2-0 and got a goal,” he said.

“On another day we could have got something from the game. We will dust ourselves off, get back to training and look ahead to next week now.”

Romelu Lukaku gave the Baggies a first-half lead from the penalty spot after Steven Fletcher had struck the post at the other end.

Lukaku struck what proved to be the deciding goal in bizarre circumstances with 15 minutes to go, charging down Simon Mignolet's clearance and seeing the ball bounce into the empty net from fully 30 yards.

Stephane Sessegnon halved the deficit and sparked a late flurry of chances, including an opportunity for James McClean right at the death which the winger fired over the bar.

Graham felt it wasn't Sunderland's day but says brighter results are ahead if they can continue carving out opportunities.

“The ball wasn't running for us,” he said. “Fletch hit the post in the first half and for James' chance at the end it bobbled up on him which made it difficult.

“The positive thing is we're creating chances and if we continue to do that, the goals will flow.”

On Albion's winning goal, he added: “Lukaku did well and everything he's touching is going in at the minute. That ball could have gone anywhere, but it flew into the goal.”