Carlos Cuellar v Leicester

Cuellar relishing home bow

by Stuart Vose

Defender can't wait to step out at SoL.

Carlos Cuellar says he can't wait to make his bow at the Stadium of Light when the Black Cats entertain newly-promoted Reading on Saturday.

The Spanish defender enjoyed an impressive start to his Sunderland career in Saturday's goalless draw against Arsenal, playing a key role as Martin O'Neill's side returned from North London with a hard-earned point.

And although Martin O'Neill's side will start as favourites against the Royals, Cuellar has warned he and his team-mates must guard against complacency when they face a competitive Reading outfit.    

“I'm really looking forward to making my home debut against Reading,” Cuellar said. 

“I'll be so happy because playing your first game away is so much different than playing your first game at home, in front of your own supporters. I think it will be fantastic and I'm so excited.

“We will be the favourites because we are playing at home. We know there will be pressure but the crowd will help us to push on and try to play more attacking football.

“Although Reading drew their first game against Stoke, they created a lot of chances and have a lot of quality players.

“If we go into the game thinking we're better, we're going to be wrong. They are playing in the Premier League, exactly the same as us, and we have to treat the game against Reading the same as we would against Arsenal or Manchester United.

“We have to be ready.”