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Post  Silvers on 2017-08-11, 11:51 am

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SIMON GRAYSON watched Sunderland progress in the Carabao Cup last night before insisting he has not spoken to Middlesbrough about taking former Sunderland midfielder Grant Leadbitter back to the Stadium of Light.
But the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] boss, whose side will face Carlisle United in the second round after beating Bury 1-0, did not rule out a move for Leadbitter.
The 31-year-old only has one year remaining on his contract at the Riverside, where Middlesbrough are keen to keep hold of him because of his Championship experience and quality.
But Grayson is weighing up ways to bolster his own squad and Leadbitter, a graduate of the Sunderland academy system who was part of the promotion party ten years ago, is known to be on his list of potential targets.
The Sunderland manager is also known to be keen on Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack, Preston’s Jordan Hugill and he is keeping an eye on defensive options too.
Asked about transfers at Gigg Lane, Grayson said: “No updates. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes. I am trying to focus on the games. Nothing new to report other than players wanting to come and us trying to sign them.”
Asked about Leadbitter, he added: “He (Grant) is part of a group of players being linked with us all the time. At this time I have not spoken to Garry (Monk). He is a Sunderland boy who has been at the club before but he is just one of a number of names we are being linked with all of the time.”
Grayson was a satisfied figure as he chatted on the touchline at Gigg Lane, where George Honeyman’s first senior goal in the 69th minute separated the two teams.
That has set up a trip to Carlisle United in the second round. He said: “Carlisle away, not far away. It’s probably classed as a local derby, not a bad draw for both teams and should be a good game.”
Sunderland controlled last night’s game at Bury without scoring until Honeyman’s intervention. Darron Gibson impressed in the centre of midfield and it was his first appearance since his argument with fans at Ramside Hall ten days ago.
Grayson said: “I was pleased with Darron in the midfield area, Didier Ndong too. He answered a few questions as well, maybe a few will have wondered why he was in the team and I thought he put on a performance.”
He added: “We knew it was going to be a tough place to come, We need to get that winning mentality going and we showed a real good attitude to this game. We defended well when we needed to defend.
“George scored a good goal, it started outside the dug-out, followed his pass, good play to spot him from Didier and then he applied a great finish. Delighted for him to see it hit the net.
“It is important we get back to back wins as soon as we can. We could have done with leaving a couple more out, we left a couple at home. But supporters go home happy and they have seen a good performance and they will now get prepared for three more games in seven days.”
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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-08-11, 11:58 am

A win is a win is a win.

Now on to Norwich and don't lose and the confidence and battling mentality will grow.

On the face of it we have fallen a long way but maybe the climb back has started and watching battling sides going for a win is a pleasant change.

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Post  barrowmackem on 2017-08-11, 12:17 pm

Honeyman took his goal very well.

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barrowmackem wrote:Honeyman took his goal very well.
like like like like like like like like like like

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Post  Jimmy Riddle on 2017-08-11, 12:38 pm

cyprussyd wrote:A win is a win is a win.

Now on to Norwich and don't lose and the confidence and battling mentality will grow.

On the face of it we have fallen a long way but maybe the climb back has started and watching battling sides going for a win is a pleasant change.
Agreed.  I was there and saw a spirit in the side thats been missing for some time. Gibson made my piss boil with his earlier comments but I'm going to give him a chance after his performance.  I was sort of proud to be Sunderland supporter again and as long as they keep putting a shift in I'll be happy.  This is my first post on the Board lads so I hope I haven't cocked it up.

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Post  Jimmy Riddle on 2017-08-11, 12:39 pm

cyprussyd wrote:A win is a win is a win.

Now on to Norwich and don't lose and the confidence and battling mentality will grow.

On the face of it we have fallen a long way but maybe the climb back has started and watching battling sides going for a win is a pleasant change.
Agreed.  I was there and saw a spirit in the side thats been missing for some time. Gibson made my piss boil with his earlier comments but I'm going to give him a chance after his performance.  I was sort of proud to be Sunderland supporter again and as long as they keep putting a shift in I'll be happy.  This is my first post on the Board lads so I hope I haven't cocked it up.

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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-08-11, 1:08 pm

Jimmy Riddle wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:A win is a win is a win.

Now on to Norwich and don't lose and the confidence and battling mentality will grow.

On the face of it we have fallen a long way but maybe the climb back has started and watching battling sides going for a win is a pleasant change.
Agreed.  I was there and saw a spirit in the side thats been missing for some time. Gibson made my piss boil with his earlier comments but I'm going to give him a chance after his performance.  I was sort of proud to be Sunderland supporter again and as long as they keep putting a shift in I'll be happy.  This is my first post on the Board lads so I hope I haven't cocked it up.
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cyprussyd wrote:
Jimmy Riddle wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:A win is a win is a win.

Now on to Norwich and don't lose and the confidence and battling mentality will grow.

On the face of it we have fallen a long way but maybe the climb back has started and watching battling sides going for a win is a pleasant change.
Agreed.  I was there and saw a spirit in the side thats been missing for some time. Gibson made my piss boil with his earlier comments but I'm going to give him a chance after his performance.  I was sort of proud to be Sunderland supporter again and as long as they keep putting a shift in I'll be happy.  This is my first post on the Board lads so I hope I haven't cocked it up.
Welcome to SunderMad, small quiet but we like it and hope you do
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barrowmackem wrote:welcome Jimmy hope you like the forum.
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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-08-11, 6:06 pm

Jimmy Riddle wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:A win is a win is a win.

Now on to Norwich and don't lose and the confidence and battling mentality will grow.

On the face of it we have fallen a long way but maybe the climb back has started and watching battling sides going for a win is a pleasant change.
Agreed.  I was there and saw a spirit in the side thats been missing for some time. Gibson made my piss boil with his earlier comments but I'm going to give him a chance after his performance.  I was sort of proud to be Sunderland supporter again and as long as they keep putting a shift in I'll be happy.  This is my first post on the Board lads so I hope I haven't cocked it up.
Welcome Jimmy Riddle. Always great to see new posters joining in with our nice friendly little forum.

And yes I agree last night there was a decent spirit and maybe the whole Gibson thing got some stuff out in the open that needed to be said. Sometimes that works really well and so far so good.
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Post  Jimmy Riddle on 2017-08-11, 6:16 pm

Hieronymus wrote:
Jimmy Riddle wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:A win is a win is a win.

Now on to Norwich and don't lose and the confidence and battling mentality will grow.

On the face of it we have fallen a long way but maybe the climb back has started and watching battling sides going for a win is a pleasant change.
Agreed.  I was there and saw a spirit in the side thats been missing for some time. Gibson made my piss boil with his earlier comments but I'm going to give him a chance after his performance.  I was sort of proud to be Sunderland supporter again and as long as they keep putting a shift in I'll be happy.  This is my first post on the Board lads so I hope I haven't cocked it up.
Welcome Jimmy Riddle. Always great to see new posters joining in with our nice friendly little forum.

And yes I agree last night there was a decent spirit and maybe the whole Gibson thing got some stuff out in the open that needed to be said. Sometimes that works really well and so far so good.

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