Debut boy Giaccherini impressed

Winger reflects on first game and Saints trip.

Emanuele Giaccherini says his introduction to the Stadium of Light was a powerful one after he made his league debut last weekend.

Almost 44,000 supporters packed the home of the Black Cats for the narrow 1-0 defeat to Fulham on the opening day of the new campaign.

And Giaccherini, who joined from Juventus in the summer, enjoyed the experience of playing in front of his new fans – but was disappointed not to bag three points on his debut.

“It was a beautiful atmosphere inside the stadium which I enjoyed, but it was a shame we did not win,” he said.

“I enjoyed seeing the Stadium of Light full of fans, almost 45,000. That was fun for me and a good experience.

“Our fans are very passionate and very loud. We wanted to win for them and were disappointed to lose.

“As a team we created chances but couldn’t get the goal we needed.”

Giaccherini has been preparing for his first league away trip as Sunderland head to the south coast this weekend to face Southampton.

The diminutive Italian could face an international team-mate in the shape of new Saints striker Pablo Osvaldo, and he’s relishing the challenge of taking on a Southampton side he rates highly.

“I am looking forward to my first game away in the league,” he explained. “It’s a different kind of match.

“Southampton are a very good team with good players and they have started well.

“They have players like Osvaldo, [Gaston] Ramirez and [Rickie] Lambert, who have talent.

“It will be a difficult match but a good one for us and we will go there and give our best.”