SAFC v Morecambe

Double delight for James

by Stuart Vose

Winger back with a bang.

James McClean has picked up where he left off last season as he hit the goal trail again on Tuesday night.

The Irish winger netted six times last term and was on the mark with both goals as Sunderland eased past Morecambe at the Stadium of Light.

McClean headed home Adam Johnson’s corner midway through the first half and then popped up again with a close-range finish just after the hour mark to seal a 2-0 win in the Capital One Cup.

“It was a nice way to start at home and nice for me personally to get up and running with two goals," he told afterwards.

“I was told to run towards the front post [at corners] and be switched on.

“Fortunately I managed to get there ahead of my marker [for the first goal] and it was a great ball in by Johnno.

“Then he set it up for me again for the second goal with a nice ball in.

“The defender made a hash of his challenge, I managed to sidestep another and it was a trusty swinger with the right foot, which I’m delighted with!”

McClean and Johnson thrived against the Shrimps, frequently swapping wings and causing havoc down the flanks.

Johnson, who signed from Manchester City last week, was making his debut with Steven Fletcher also in the red and white for the first time.

McClean was impressed with both of the new boys, and reserved special praise for Johnson after the England man laid on both his goals.

“He’s an England international and you can see just how talented a player he is,” the former Derry man said.

“It’s great that the club can attract players like that. If I can get a few more goals this season from his assists I’ll be delighted.

“It was nice to see Fletch get a run-out, too. He’s a top quality player as well. I’m looking forward to a good season.”

Meanwhile, McClean says the recent additions have given Sunderland’s attacking ranks a huge boost and feels exciting times are in store for supporters.

“We have many threats from different areas,” he explained.

“It’s nice for the fans too – hopefully we can repay the money they spend with attacking football.

“It was nice to see tonight and we’ve started as we mean to go on.”