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David Moyes proud of Sunderland's courage after late leveller

David Moyes praised the courage of his Sunderland players after seeing them grasp just a second Premier League point of the season against West Brom.

The injury-hit Black Cats needed an 83rd-minute equaliser from substitute Patrick van Aanholt to snatch a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and avoid a fourth successive home defeat.

Moyes said: "We are lacking a bit of quality at the minute in certain areas, but the players tried to make up for it with their endeavour and their courage to try to play at times where we weren't that good at it.

"But they showed a bit of courage to keep taking the ball because you have got to have a big set of you-know-whats sometimes to take the ball when you are not playing that well."

Sunderland were aided in no small part by the return of veteran defender John O'Shea, whose enduring organisational skills helped to prevent the Baggies from adding to the 35th-minute lead they were given by Nacer Chadli's strike.

Moyes was delighted with the Republic of Ireland international's contribution, but is aware he is not a long-term solution as he approaches the end of his career.

The Scot said: "We'd love John to be 24 and just coming up - and what a good player he was when he was 24. But he's 34, so we know there's another stage."

However, O'Shea had to correct him. The former Manchester United defender joked: "I'll have to add another one on because it's 35!"

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