TONY MOWBRAY suffered a freak injury celebrating Sunderland's last-gasp equaliser against Watford.

Patrick Roberts rescued a point at the Stadium of Light with a 95th minute leveller.

But the scenes of joy soon turned to pain for Black Cats boss Mowbray, who pulled his hamstring celebrating in the dugout.

And despite an 18-year professional playing career, the former defender revealed it was the first time he suffered the injury.

Mowbray said: “I think it’s a hamstring injury.

“I never had a hamstring injury in 18 years as a professional because I was never fast enough but when that goal went in, I obviously moved a bit too quick.


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"I’m sure it’ll be fine, a bit of treatment. We have a full treatment room but if I can grab a physio I’ll be fine.”

Watford had taken a two goal lead after headers from Christian Kabasele in the first half and Ryan Porteous in the 69th minute.

But 60 seconds on from the second goal, Luke O’Nien gave Sunderland a lifeline before Roberts’ dramatic equaliser.

The result leaves Sunderland seventh, two points shy of sixth-placed Millwall ahead of their final-day trip to mid-table Preston.

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Mowbray said: “It gives us real clarity that we have to go and win at Preston next week. If we do, everyone around us has tough games on paper.

“Let’s go and win. It’s real clarity now, we know we need to go and get the three points and see what happens.

“I’m pretty relaxed about it. We’ve given ourselves a real opportunity, we’ll take 6,000 fans there, let’s hope it’s a big party.

“We showed reasonable patience and then Roberts, a guy I’ve been speaking about since I came in here, I could never believe he was playing in League One last year, he’s an amazing footballer.

"Cometh the hour, cometh the man. I don’t think anybody could argue we didn’t deserve something from that football match.

“We’re in it until the last day of the season. It still might not be enough, but that’s OK, it’s been an enjoyable season working with the young players.”

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