Just the start for Scocco

by Kate Smith

Striker delighted to be part of cup win.

New boy Ignacio Scocco was all smiles after making his Sunderland debut in Saturday’s victory over Southampton.

The 28 year-old was part of the side that knocked the Saints out of a second cup competition this term to progress to the quarter finals of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

A second half Craig Gardner rocket was the difference maker in the game and Scocco admitted that he couldn’t have wished for a better home bow.

“I’m happy to have played my part in an important game for the club,” he beamed after the final whistle.

“It was a difficult game but we came through it to progress in the competition which is most important.”

The front man moved to Sunderland during the January transfer window and has been looking forward to playing at the Stadium of Light.

“It was nice to make my debut at home; it’s a fantastic stadium,” he continued. “It’s even better that we got the win in front of the home fans.”

The Argentina international played 70 minutes of the game on Saturday, before making way for Connor Wickham, he left the pitch to a standing ovation from supporters who had been impressed with his work rate and endeavour – and it didn’t go unnoticed by Scocco.

“It was a nice feeling, I enjoyed that and it made e feel very welcome,” he added.

“It was also good to know that the fans appreciated what I had done on the pitch.”

After the game head coach Gus Poyet admitted he was pleased with what he had seen from the striker, who has been working on his match fitness overthe last couple of weeks.

“That is only just the beginning,” Scocco continued. “I obviously want to build on this game and show the fans that I have a lot more to offer.

“Southampton are a good team and they’re in a very good position in the league, we knew it would be a tough game but we did well to get the victory and qualify for the quarter finals.

“It’s exciting; a memorable first game for me and a great result for Sunderland.”