Robert Snodgrass has revealed he played through the pain barrier only to suffer bitter defeat anyway against Bournemouth.
He received 10 stitches after suffering a knee injury against Chelsea and then fell awkwardly after coming on against the Cherries.
He said: “I twisted my ankle and stretched my ligaments but we only had defenders and a centre midfielder on the bench so you have to try to push through that pain barrier for your teammates. But I couldn’t really push off with any force.
“I thought it had paid off but then it’s bitterly disappointing when you concede after getting yourself back in the game.
“Credit to Bournemouth, the points have got them closer to safety. But we needed to see the lead through to half-time but we conceded a penalty then a goal and the manager is asking why. A bit more game management would have seen us through.
“Away from home a point would have been a good result but the type of team we are, we tried to go on and win the game. And you’re exposed at the other end. But you can’t give a team two penalties and concede the goals the way we did.”