Ondrej reflects on debut

by Kate Smith

Defender disappointed to lose but happy with SoL experience.

New boy Ondrej Celustka has mixed emotions following his Sunderland debut.

The right-back made the loan move to Wearside from Turkish side Trabzonspor last week and despite the disappointment of opening day defeat, admitted playing at the Stadium of Light was very special for him.

“To play my first game at the Stadium of Light was a great experience for me.” Celustka told safc.com.

“It was packed with fans and they were very loud.

“On the pitch the players can feel them and with their backing we create chances; we do feel their support.”

The 24 year-old only linked up with his team mates last Monday and for him it was imperative to play well alongside his new colleagues.

“I thought it was important how we played together as a team and we didn’t do badly,” Celustka continued.

“It was unfortunate to concede the goal the way in which we did, as it’s not good to concede from set pieces; we need to do better in those situations.

“We must continue the hard work and make progress as a team.”

Celustka almost made an instant impact at the Stadium of Light with an audacious effort on goal midway through the opening half.

The full-back launched the ball across from the right flank and left the Fulham goalkeeper with stinging fingertips as he just managed to push it over the top.

“It’s a shame I couldn’t get a goal,” he added. “I did think it was going in, the goalkeeper did very well –I guess that’s football!”