Mavrias happy to help

by Kate Smith

Goalscorer delighted to mark his return with cup progress.

Charis Mavrias made his first start for Sunderland since last September in the FA Cup with Budweiser fourth round victory over Kidderminster Harriers

The winger marked the occasion with the winning goal and admitted although his early strike was very special to him, the team victory meant more.

“I was very happy to score my goal,” Mavrias explained. “But I was happier because I helped the team to progress in the FA Cup.

“It was not the best game, but there was enough effort shown by the players to make sure Sunderland went through to the next round. “

It was only the 19 year-old’s second start for the Black Cats since moving to Wearside from Panathinaikos last summer and the youngster hopes he can build on that performance with more chances to shine in red and white.

“I work very hard in training and I try my best every day, he continued. “When I get the chance to, I’ve tried to show what I can do; of course I want to play and I hope I proved that today.”

The Greek international fired Gus Poyet’s side in front inside the opening five minutes of the game and was happy to see his first shot find the mark.

“I didn’t know if the ball was in the net, I aimed and luckily enough I was on target!”

Mavrias also paid tribute to the Skrill Premier side after a determined performance from Andy Thorn’s men at the Stadium of Light.

“Kidderminster were very good,” he added. “They did very well and they created chances in the game.

“They can be very happy with their performance.”