WES BROWN today branded the sixth goal of his career as one of the most important after Sunderland secured a second victory in three under Martin O’Neill.
Brown’s 89th minute header from Kieran Richardson’s corner was his first in Sunderland colours and ensured the Black Cats were not left to rue throwing away a two-goal lead at QPR.
The centre-half has hardly been prolific during his 15-year professional career, with his last Premier League goal coming for Manchester United back in October, 2008.
But after helping Sunderland earn a three-point cushion with the drop zone ahead of the festive home double header against Everton and Manchester City, Brown knows how significant his goal could prove to be.
The 32-year-old said: “It was definitely one of the most important goals I’ve scored because it won us the game and got us up the table a bit.
“I only scored three league goals at Man U. I scored against Newcastle, Liverpool and Blackburn, but they were all a long time ago.
“I’m just glad I got my head on it. Me and Sheasy (John O’Shea) swapped places at the last minute and I just managed to flick it on. I don’t know if anyone else touched it and I thought the lad on the line was going to clear it if I’m honest. But I thought we deserved it.
“We let ourselves down when we went 2-0 up and they got back into it with two goals.
“But we kept in there and kept our heads up.”
Third goals of the season for both Nicklas Bendtner and Stephane Sessegnon put Sunderland in the driving seat at Loftus Road.
But after an injury to referee Andre Marriner saw Sunderland lose momentum in their domination, QPR grabbed two goals in a four-minute bombardment.
The Black Cats rallied though and after QPR keeper Paddy Kenny spectacularly denied both Craig Gardner and Phil Bardsley, Brown struck at the death.
“We lost concentration when the ref went off – we relaxed a bit and you can’t do that away from home,” added Brown.
“We were doing so well and maybe when you’re 2-0 up, people get a bit comfortable.
“They were at home, got at us and fully deserved the two goals if I’m honest.
“They put a lot of pressure on us, but we had a lot of character to stay in the game and managed to nick it in the end.
“I thought Sess’ (Stephane Sessegnon) goal was unbelievable, he played really well as did (Nicklas) Bendtner.
“If we can keep doing that, it will make everyone a bit happier.
“Their keeper pulled off two fantastic saves, but we kept our confidence and kept the pressure on and managed to get one in the end.”