McAuley hopes late goal can inspire West Brom

The 33-year-old wants his side to kick on after registering only their second point of the season against Fulham at Craven Cottage, courtesy of his 89th-minute headed leveller

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley believes his late equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Fulham can help kick-start the club's season.

Steve Clarke's side looked set to register their third defeat in four Premier League games as they trailed Fulham 1-0 going into stoppage time at Craven Cottage.

However, McAuley registered his team's first top-flight goal of the new season as he headed powerfully home in the 90th minute to hand the visitors a morale-boosting point.

And the Northern Irishman is now hopeful that his last-ditch goal will spur his team-mates on as they chase a first league win of the season against Sunderland at home on September 21.

He told reporters: "It gives you an extra buzz when you get a point in an away game in the last minute. We needed it. It was important we got off the mark. It's a monkey off our back.

"It gives us a platform to build from going into next week's home game with Sunderland. We need to take the positives from this game and grow in confidence."

McAuley also admitted that he would like to continue his recent run of goalscoring after he also notched twice during the recent international break.

He added: "It's not been too bad a week for me. Some of the lads asked if I could do three in three. I've done that so now I might have to try to score four in four.

"It hung up quite nicely and I just had to get my head on it. I knew if I got it on target it had a chance of going in [and] it was great to score in injury time."