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Vaughan reflects on ‘bizarre’ afternoon

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by Kate Smith

Midfielder disappointed team couldn’t take more from game.

David Vaughan was handed his first start in over a month when Sunderland fought back to take a point from Norwich City.

The Black Cats were a goal down after 26 minutes in what the Black Cats midfielder described as ‘bizarre game’ following a dramatic opening half at the Stadium of Light. 

We ended the first half very strongly and had them under pressure but we just couldn’t seem to continue that in the second half.

- David Vaughan

Wes Hoolahan put Norwich in front with an early header, before being sacrificed six minutes later to make way for substitute goalkeeper Lee Canp, after stopper Mark Bunn was shown a red card for handling the ball outside the box.

“It was a frustrating game to play in, given the circumstances.” Vaughan admitted.

“After their goalkeeper was sent off it became very difficult to get behind Norwich and create chances.”

Sunderland, however,  were given a lifeline when Craig Gardner scored his fourth penalty of the season as a result of Sebastien Bassong’s handball just before the break and they almost grabbed a second goal when Danny Graham fired wide.

“We ended the first half very strongly and had them under pressure,” Vaughan continued, “But we just couldn’t seem to continue that in the second half.

“We got into some decent areas but our final ball into the box was lacking.

“It was disappointing not to go on and get a winner, nevertheless, it’s another point on the board and it’s something we can build on.

“I was surprised to be handed a start but I was delighted to be able to play. I feel that I did ok but I’d like to be able to get a few more games under my belt

“We’ve got tough fixtures ahead and I want to be involved.  

“We know we need to raise our game and we’re more than capable of doing it.”