Sunderland hero Victor Anichebe revealed he broke through the pain barrier and played on with a cracked rib during vital win over Bournemouth
The forgotten Nigerian striker made his first start for the rock-bottom Premier League strugglers and scored their equaliser before earning the penalty for Jermain Defoe’s winner in a 2-1 triumph.
But having thrown his shirt into the a joyous away end at full-time to unveil strapping across his midriff, Anichebe Revealed his match-winning performance came despite the fact he was in so much pain that his movement was restricted.
‘In the first half I cracked my rib, I couldn’t move properly,’ he told Sky Sports.The 28-year-old was an unlikely hero for David Moyes’ team, having been signed in early September as a free agent after the close of the transfer window.
But he proved key on Saturday and manager Moyes, who served a touchline ban at the Vitality Stadium, hailed his striker’s talents when speaking post-match.
‘I’ve always thought Victor’s had a great ability — a lot more than most people give him credit for,’ he said. ‘He is strong, quick, good in the air.’Anichebe also took the opportunity of Saturday's win to poke fun at his own blunder.
The striker mistakenly put our a tweet last month that included a message from an advisor to send out a rehearsed message
This time around, Anichebe tweeted:
"Can you put something like!"— Victor Anichebe (@VictorAnichebe) November 5, 2016
What a result!!! Strong character from the team, and the fans were amazing!! 🙌 #SAFC pic.twitter.com/glFHIDPNpo