The Black Cats had to show resilience to fend off a home onslaught

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Simon Grayson was happy his Sunderland team showed different sides to their game as they kept their unbeaten start to the season going with a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Black Cats dominated the first 70 minutes of the Sky Bet Championship clash at Hillsborough but only had George Honeyman’s fourth-minute strike to show for it.

Then, when David Jones scored a screamer for Wednesday with 20 minutes to go, Grayson’s men had to show resilience to fend off a home onslaught.

Boss Grayson was left to rue missed chances by Lewis Grabban, Brendan Galloway and James Vaughan, and he knows not getting the second goal was pivotal.

“It was two types of different performances from us,” he said. “If we had taken the chances we would have won the game.

“We were comfortable up until they scored the goal, and that got their tails up and we found it difficult.

“It’s probably a fair result, if we had got the second goal when we had the chances we would have won it.

“You come to a difficult place and get a point you will probably take it.”

Sunderland’s credentials for this division have been put to the test with a tough opening schedule where they have faced Derby, Norwich and Wednesday.

After a horrible campaign last year, and a pre-season littered with problems, the Black Cats were not fancied to be much of a threat on their return to the second tier, but Grayson is content with their five-point haul.

“If you ask any manger after three games to be unbeaten and still in the cup they would take it,” he said. “We have had a difficult start to the season both in terms of our schedule and who we have played.

“We have taken five points out of nine so I am happy.”

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