Kilgallon steps in

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by Stuart Vose

Defender reflects on season's first league outing.

Matt Kilgallon was disappointed that his return to Sunderland’s first team didn’t end in a win but is nevertheless glad to be back on the scene.

The former Sheffield United man had only played once this season – against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup – but was preferred to Titus Bramble against QPR after John O’Shea was ruled out with an injury.

We defended well as a team and everyone worked hard, but we just needed to create a bit more

- Matt Kilgallon

Kilgallon acquitted himself well in a 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light as Martin O’Neill’s men picked up a point.

“Sheasy got hurt so the gaffer threw me in and I was really looking forward to playing tonight,” he said.

“We knew it’d be a tough game – QPR have a new manager and he got them going. I’m just pleased to be playing again.

“We defended well as a team and everyone worked hard, but we just needed to create a bit more. It’ll come.”

Kilgallon admitted he thought his side had grabbed the lead in the second half when Steven Fletcher got on the end of Seb Larsson’s corner.

However, Rangers keeper Robert Green pulled off an excellent save to leave the hosts frustrated and help earn the visitors a point.

“It was a brilliant save by a great keeper,” he said. “Fletcher got a good header in and Green did well to keep it into his body.

“I was going around the back and I thought he might parry it out to me, but to be fair to him he kept the ball close to his chest and it was a great save.”