Jordan Laidler

Laidler on league progress

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U21 striker on Saints and Spurs.

Jordan Laidler says opening his goalscoring account against Southampton was a hollow triumph as Sunderland returned home empty-handed last week.

Kevin Ball's side suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat on the South Coast, with the forward cancelling out the home side's opener before reducing the Saints' two-goal advantage late in the second half.

And although scoring goals is a personal bonus for any player, Laidler insists it's the team's performance and result that matters most.

Laidler said: "Even to get the two goals, it was a bit of a letdown to be fair."

The Southampton game was disappointing. It's always good to get goals but without the win it doesn't mean a lot.

- Jordan Laidler

Kevin Ball's side will be looking to grab their first win of the season when they face Tottenham Hotspur this Saturday.

Despite losing their two opening fixtures to Newcastle United and Manchester United, Laidler is expecting a tough game against Spurs in North London.

"We played Tottenham last year in pre-season and lost 4-0," he added. "We barely touched the ball during the game.

"So we know Tottenham are a very good team. We've watched their game against Newcastle and have seen how they played, so we've picked up some tips and we'll build on them."