David Moyes admitted it was a “disappointment” not to take three points against West Brom, but had no complaints about Jermaine Defoe.
Sunderland scrapped their way to a 1-1 draw with the Baggies in front of England’s second highest crowd of the day - without their talisman getting on the scoresheet.
I think we are just so used to seeing Jermain pull the trigger and it ends in the back of the netDAVID MOYES
Patrick van Aanholt’s trusty left boot turned in Duncan Watmore’s cross with the outside of the boot to bring the Black Cats level seven minutes from time.
It sent the Stadium of Light into ecstasy 80 minutes after 40,000 were stunned into silence when Defoe missed what, for him, was a sitter.
The leading scorer was expertly put in by Watmore in the fourth minute but with Ben Foster coming out quickly, he pulled his shot just outside the keeper’s right post.
And 19 minutes from time, supersub van Aanholt and Wahbi Khazri were involved to set up the 33-year-old whose shot was blocked by Jonny Evans.
“For me it’s a big disappointment we didn’t take the three points.
“But at 75 minutes and 1-0 down I was thinking we could get a goal back for our supporters at least.
“But when we got to one each, I was saying ‘we have to try to win this 2-1, try to get the next goal’, that was where we were at.
“We see it as points dropped and not point gained but, with 10 minutes to go, I’d have taken a point.”
Had Defoe converted either of his two openings - he also went just wide from an injury-time free-kick – then Sunderland might have had three points.
But Moyes admits the ex-England man can’t score every time and marvelled at the move in the fourth minute which went from the home box to the Albion area.
“I thought that move for the first chance was brilliant,” said the manager. “Jermain puts it past the post, but that was the best bit of play since I’ve been here.
“We played through the back and middle and lovely slip pass to Jermain to ‘score’, it was a lovely bit of play.
“Then he had that one in the second half but, to be fair, to Jonny Evans that was a fantastic block.
“I think we are just so used to seeing Jermain pull the trigger and it ends in the back of the net.”