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Bauer: "I said to the lads I would score."

26 May 2019

Match-winner Patrick Bauer says he was that caught up in the moment that he cannot remember putting the ball into the back of Sunderland’s goal.

The German popped up in the 94th minute of Sunday’s Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final to send Charlton Athletic to the Sky Bet Championship, and says he had a feeling he would score his first goal of the season in the game.

“I am absolutely delighted because all season I haven’t scored, but before the game I was talking to some of the lads and I said to them that today could be the day,” he said.

“I cannot remember anything about the goal, I was just so happy for everyone, the players, the staff, and for the supporters as well, it is just an unbelievable moment.

“Today was a nightmare start for us because we conceded the early goal, but the boys picked their heads up and we believed, and I think we deserved to be the winning team.”

Naby Sarr turned the ball into his own net to initially give Sunderland the lead, before goals from Ben Purrington and Bauer sealed promotion, and the latter adds that all credit should go to Lee Bowyer and the management team.

“To be honest, I didn’t believe that we could have got promoted to the Championship because we went through some difficult times,” he added.

“But you have to give big respect to the management who have put a really strong squad together, and I am just delighted.”

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