Etienne Capoue was outstanding in his first appearance for us at centre-back while Kyle Naughton excelled again at left-back – both Kyles’ forays down each flank a real feature as we dominated at the Stadium of Light.
“We’ve got class players in there, no matter who plays,” said Kyle, who has now started 88 of our last 91 matches in the Premier League.
“Defensively, we work as a team with Hugo and we all pull together.
“Etienne is a quality player. I knew he’d played there before, Naughts has played left-back a lot of his career. We looked strong.”
The team had to come from a goal behind – just like they did at Fulham in midweek – to secure a deserved 2-1 victory.
Adam Johnson scored against the run of play for the Black Cats, a goal quickly levelled by Paulinho before the break. John O’Shea then turned Mousa Dembele’s cross into his own net on 49 minutes and that’s how it stayed, despite creating chance chance and Jermain Defoe striking the woodwork twice.
“We showed great desire to come back from 1-0 down and full credit to the lads, we had to dig in deep and play our football,” said Kyle, who added that the team had showed the ‘right response’ to the loss at City.
“We needed to show that (response) for the fans, ourselves and the gaffer,” he said. “We drew against United, won at Fulham and now to quieten the crowd (at Sunderland), that’s fantastic.”