Date: 15th October 2015 at 11:14am
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European Championship qualified centre half Gareth McAuley has said that whilst last week was emotional, it’s back to business now ahead of the Sunderland encounter.

Speaking to with the player now back in training at Albion following his international exploits with his country that saw them qualify for their first major tournament since 1986, he obviously started with what an achievement that had been for the group.

Winning six and drawing three of their ten qualifiers, Northern Ireland finished top of Group F to qualify for the French based finals.

‘It’s been an incredible week. It’s still difficult to find the right words – I’d say ’emotional’ is probably the best way to to describe it. It’s still a bit of a blur – you see pictures…and what an achievement it was for the lads to get through, the courage they showed, to play the way we did, and under pressure too. We knew we had to deliver. Thankfully we were able to do that. The reaction was something else.’

Moving back to West Brom and our game against Sunderland and newly installed manager Sam Allardyce, McAuley went on to add.

‘What we did last week has gone. I’m back here now, back on the training pitch, hoping to get a positive result. This is a massive game for us and we’ll be looking to put things right after two poor results and performances we weren’t happy about.’

Three straight defeats is certainly something hat needs to be rectified just to give everybody a boost but with new manager syndrome now in place it’s going to be a tough test for us.

With McAuley, Chris Brunt and Jonny Evans coming back in high spirits though that might turn it in our favour.

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