MK Dons v Sunderland

Meyler on cup stunner

by Stuart Vose

Midfielder not surprised by Gardner strike.

David Meyler wasn’t surprised at all to see Craig Gardner find the back of the net against MK Dons.

Gardner opened the scoring with a spectacular 25-yard free kick as Sunderland won 2-0 in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening.

And Meyler, who played as an emergency centre-back at Stadium:MK, says the strike was another glimpse of the quality offered by the former Birmingham man.

“There’s not much I can say about Gardner’s goal,” he said. “Anyone who watches it can see it’s a contender for goal of the season.

“It’s not the first time he’s done it – the lad’s got a terrific strike of the ball and with that goal he’s showed everybody just what he’s capable of.

“He was just as busy at the other end of the field too, with a couple of great headers and clearances in the first half.”

The win was an apt reward for the visiting supporters with 3,000 fans making the journey to back the Black Cats.

“What can I say about the fans?” Meyler added. “They are terrific. They travel all over the country to watch their team.

“The passion they show from kick-off to the final whistle is fantastic – they’re constantly shouting and cheering all the way though.

As much as the win was great for us, it was brilliant for them. “