PDC pleased with Mavrias

by Stuart Vose

Head coach pleased with early signs from winger.

Paolo Di Canio was pleased with the early signs after new signing Charis Mavrias made his debut in midweek.

The 19-year-old Greek winger featured off the bench against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening, helping his side reverse a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2.

Mavrias – a Greek international -  joined Sunderland from Panathinaikos last week, signing a four-year deal.

And the latest addition impressed his new boss as the Black Cats teed up a third-round home tie against Peterborough.

“Mavrias came on in a tough moment and it wasn’t easy [for him],” Sunderland’s head coach said after the game.

“For a player who has come from abroad, in front of this fantastic crowd, in this stadium even at 2-0 down is a fantastic occasion for him to show his quality.

“He played with his instinct, he’s only young – obviously he came on at a difficult moment, then we turned the game and that will give him more energy and enthusiasm.

“It was good for the new faces - they did well - and we have to keep going.”