Fraizer Campbell

Striker hails battling display

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Campbell looks back on hard-earned point.

Fraizer Campbell says Sunderland were forced to curb their attacking instincts in order to get their season off to an unbeaten start against Arsenal.

Although the Black Cats created chances in an open first half at the Emirates Stadium, Martin O'Neill's side had to keep their discipline and concentration in order to keep the Gunners at bay as the game wore on.

In the midst of searing temperatures in North London the visitors naturally tired during the second 45 minutes, but Campbell believes the difficult conditions made their performance and result even more remarkable.

Campbell said: "You always look to the first game of the season to not lose. We got a point on the board against a tough Arsenal side and it's never easy going down to the Emirates Stadium. 

"It's always warm on the first day of the season but that's the hottest I've played in. The hot conditions were crazy, so it was good to get the point.

"When you play the bigger teams sometimes you don't get the chance to show what you can do going forward.

"So you have to make sure as a team you're all solid and compact and I think we did that brilliantly on Saturday, we stuck to our guns and everyone worked really hard.

"But as I said, you want to start off well. We didn't finish too strongly at the end of last season, but it's a new season, the first full season the manager will have here.

"He's already brought in some new faces already, and hopefully we can keep up our consistency through this campaign and do really well."