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Sunday, 14 April, 2002, 11:44 GMT 12:44 UK
Megson urges caution
Igor Balis scored a last-minute penaly to win the game
West Brom manager Gary Megson admitted football "did not get any more dramatic" after Igor Balis' injury-time penalty against Bradford put West Brom just one game from the Premiership.

The Slovakian converted after Andy Myers had brought down Bob Taylor to send the Baggies four points clear in the race for the second automatic promotion place.

Victory over Crystal Palace next week - or defeat for Wolves in either of their last two games - will see the club return to the top flight for the first time in 16 years.


"The players are elated but we've told them they've won nowt yet"
West Brom boss Gary Megson

But after the game Megson warned the players that the job was not done yet.

He said: "The players are elated but we've told them they've won nowt yet. I think we've won seven games out of the last eight and drawn one.

"They've been playing in the knowledge that they had to win and it's astounding the race isn't over yet given the state of the table six weeks ago."

The game was into stoppage time when the late drama unfolded, just as initiative looked to be swinging back towards Wolves in the race for the last automatic place.

He said: "It does not get any more dramatic than that. We were starting to knock on the door an awful lot in the second half.

"The penalty was really well taken and you probably have to be in that situation to realise how much pressure Balis was under.

"We've missed so many penalties this season that Mo the laundry lady is the appointed penalty taker," he joked.

"But it was definitely a penalty. The players at this club are told not to go down easily."

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