Super debut for Alonso

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by Stuart Vose

New boy reflects after debuting in semi-final first-leg win.

Marcos Alonso was in fine fettle after playing 90 minutes on his debut and helping his side to a 2-1 win over Manchester United.

Sunderland will take a lead to Old Trafford in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final after an own goal from Ryan Giggs and a Fabio Borini penalty made the difference on Wearside.

The understanding with the lads was great and a good performance from everyone helped. I am really happy after the first game

- Alonso on SAFC debut

Alonso joined Sunderland earlier in the month on a season-long loan from Italian side Fiorentina and felt good after getting his first game under his belt.

And his attention is already focused on Saturday’s trip to Fulham with a pair of Barclays Premier League games to play before the return leg in Manchester on January 22.

“It was a really good performance from the lads tonight; now we have to think about Saturday,” he told SAFSee. “There is no time to enjoy the victory.

“I’ve been out of game time for a month and a half, but I felt really well.

“The understanding with the lads was great and a good performance from everyone helped. I am really happy after the first game.”

Alonso has previously played in the Barclays Premier League for Bolton Wanderers after coming through the youth system at Real Madrid.

And the Spaniard has certainly been warmly welcomed by his colleagues on Wearside since his return to England.

“I’ve settled in really well,” he added.

“The lads have made that easy. There’s a great atmosphere in the changing room which makes it even easier.

“That’s something I’m really happy about.”

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