Spanish eyes are smiling

by Kate Smith

Defender delighted to get off the mark.

A jubilant Carlos Cuellar couldn’t hide his delight after Sunderland notched their first away win of the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season.

The victory was even more memorable for the defender as he grabbed his first goal in a red and white shirt in the vital win over Fulham.

Steven Fletcher fired the Black Cats in front at Craven Cottage with his sixth goal of the season, before Mladen Petric pulled the home side level. 

To score three goals and to get three points is very good for the team.

- Carlos Cuellar

However, the turning point of the game came as the Spaniard rose highest in the box to send Adam Johnson’s corner into the back of the net to set Sunderland on their way to victory.

Cuellar told “It was a good feeling to get the goal and it was a very good moment to get it as we were in danger just after Fulham had scored.

“It was just what we needed at that time in the game.

“I stepped back from my marker and managed to get a head to the corner and put it past the post.”

Cuellar continued: “I’m very happy with it as I have not scored for a very long time.

“It made it even more special to score in front of our fans, they’ve travelled a long way to be at the game and they’ve supported us brilliantly all season.

“It was great to get the win, I think we deserved it. It’s been a long time coming.

“To score three goals and to get three points is very good for the team.”

Cuellar revealed that he had promised earlier in the week that should he score at Craven Cottage he would celebrate his goal with a ‘Gangnam Style’ dance.

However, he forgot about his pledge after getting caught up in the euphoria and agreed that he didn’t want to take the spotlight away from Stephane Sessegnon’s stunning goal, which made it 3-1.

“Sessegnon has been scoring goals like that all week in training," he added.

“To get a goal like that and seal the win for us will be a great confidence boost for him. He’s a top player.”