Norwich City 1 Sunderland 3 reaction: Black Cats boss Simon Grayson keeps feet on ground after Carrow Road triumph
PUBLISHED: 17:50 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:54 13 August 2017
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Sunderland manager Simon Grayson was keeping his feet firmly on the ground after hailing his side’s performance at Carrow Road on Sunday.
Lewis Grabban, who is on loan from Bournemouth, returned to haunt his old club, with the former Canaries striker finding the net twice either side of summer signing Aiden McGeady’s fantastic first-time effort.
The Black Cats moved onto four points after two Championship games, following their opening day draw with Derby last week, but manager Grayson has already set his sights on their next challenge.
“It’s a great win and it has been a strong-ish start for us - but that’s all it is, a good start, and no-one is getting carried away,” he said. “What has happened here is in the past - it’s all about what happens in the future now and what I will say is that I have got a good, hard-working group - Sunderland is a working class city and that’s what the people there demand.
“This is a tough place to come to and we knew they would be putting us under pressure in their first home game of the season, but I thought the lads stuck to the game plan really well.
“Obviously when you defend well, and then take your chances really well to go 3-0 up, you have got to be absolutely delighted. We were disciplined and well organised, sitting back and letting them have the ball in certain areas and then moving in when we had to.
“I was also really pleased with the finishing. Lewis is always going to cause sides problems at this level and we are delighted to have him here. He has showed his commitment by travelling all the way up to Sunderland to play his football when he could easily have gone somewhere like London, which would have been more convenient for him. He has already built up a good understanding with James Vaughan and they also did the ugly side of the game well today, which I was pleased about.
“As for Aiden, he is probably the most talented player I have ever worked with and is looking good value at only £250,000! He fell out of love with the game for a while but he was one of the first names on my list when I came here.”