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Cuellar happy with debut


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Carlos Cuellar says the goalless draw earned against Arsenal was a much a reward for the travelling Sunderland fans as it was for the players' discipline and hard work.

The Black Cats opened the new Barclays Premier League campaign with a 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium with the Spanish defender a stand-out performer on his competitive debut for Martin O'Neill's side.

And with the team under pressure for long periods, especially during the second half, Cuellar wants to thank the legions of the red and white supporters who made the journey to North London for adding further steel to a determined performance.

“The result was very important and a reward for all the Sunderland fans there," he said. “I felt for a long time the game was very hard and when you feel the crowd behind you it makes you play better, it makes you stronger and they helped us a lot to get the point.

"Everyone, all the players, were working so hard to defend because it was the first game, we were probably a little bit tired from pre-season and it was really weird weather for England – it was very hot."

“I've never seen one day like that here. We worked together to defend and got the magic point.”

With a confidence-boosting point banked against the Gunners, Cuellar believes Sunderland have nothing to fear from any team this season.

He added: “It's very important to start well because you realise you are a strong team, have quality players and you can beat anyone.

“To play against Arsenal, one of the top teams and favourites to reach the top four, and get a point a point with chances to score, it's a good game to build your confidence.

“If you're working and doing your job properly, you can get a result against anybody.”