Fletch can't wait for opening day

by Oscar Chamberlain

Striker looking ahead after rounding off pre-season with a win.

Steven Fletcher cannot wait for the start of the Barclays Premier League season following a 2-0 win over Udinese.

The Black Cats rounded off their pre-season campaign at Heritage Park on Saturday, with Santiago Vergini opening the scoring before winning a penalty which was calmly converted by Connor Wickham.

The match also saw Fletcher get another 71 minutes on his belt, and the former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker is looking forward to next weekend’s top-flight opener against the Baggies.

“I’m really looking forward to next weekend’s game, pre-season is always difficult but ours has been a good one and we are looking forward to the start of the season.”

“It has been good to get back and get everything sorted with the boys, and next week we will be back into the normal routine as we prepare for the opening game.”

Vergini, who has experienced Italian football during a loan spell with Verona, made the difference, and Fletcher praised the defender’s impact and versatility.

“It was hard in the first half because of the wind, but in the second half it was in our favour and we got the ball down and passed it well.

“Big Santi got on the scoresheet and then got brought down for the penalty so if he can get a few more during the season that would be good.”

He added: “We know Santi from last year and we know that he is a big asset to the club. He can play in a number of positions and when he is asked to play at full-back he does well, as you saw today."