Steven Fletcher

Great start for Fletch

by Stuart Vose

Striker on two-goal show.

The trip to Swansea was a productive one for Steven Fletcher as the striker marked his league debut with a pair of goals.

Fletcher netted twice in the latter stages of the first half, opening the scoring when he capitalised on an error by Ashley Williams.

The defender was caught napping and Fletcher nipped in to control the bouncing ball and curl a shot beyond Michel Vorm and in off the far post.

Then he responded to Wayne Routledge's equaliser in style, turning in Seb Larsson's free-kick from inside the six-yard box.

I'm delighted with the two goals and the fact that I've got some more minutes under my belt.

- Steven Fletcher

Michu's leveller earned Swansea a point, but Fletcher cut an upbeat figure as he mulled over a memorable day afterwards.

“I'm delighted with the two goals and the fact that I've got some more minutes under my belt,” he said.

“Swansea is a tough place to come and they play the ball about brilliantly.

“Sometimes you have to sit off them and let them do what they do, then press at the right time. That's what we did when I took advantage of the mistake.

“I was surprised when the ball came to me, and I could feel the defender catching me up!

“I kneed the ball forward and it was still bouncing, but I managed to settle it down and get my shot away. I was delighted to see it go in.”

If Fletcher's first goal showcased his finishing power, the second one showed a knack of being in exactly the right place at the right time as he prodded Larsson's flighted free-kick over the line.

“It was all about the delivery, and Seb's is fantastic,” he said. “I just tapped it in from two yards – I can't ask for much more than that.

“To hear the fans singing my name when I scored was great, and they were brilliant today.”

And the exciting news for Sunderland fans is that Fletcher feels like there's more to come as he continues to work his way back to 100% condition.

“I'm still working on my fitness and getting fully fit; hopefully I can be after the [international] break,” he added.

“It was a good, solid run-out today which will help me.”