Date: 23rd August 2017 at 10:54pm
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Manager Simon Grayson was pleased to see Sunderland book their place in round three of the EFL Cup this season following victory over Carlisle United.

Heading to Brunton Park for the game on Tuesday evening, Sunderland took a two one victory – taking the lead twice – with goals coming from Donald Love and Lynden Gooch.

With a host of changes in the game when it came to the starting line up, Grayson felt vindicated following the performances that were put in.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his post game press conference, a pleased gaffer explained.

‘We knew they would have a right go at us, ask questions of us, play balls into the box and play with a tempo. It was no surprise to myself and the players. They have done ever so well because we got through the game and that’s all we had to do. I said to the players before the game that we don’t want to be the shock of the round, we wanted to progress and we wanted to make sure we did a professional job. That’s how it panned out but we had to withstand quite a bit of pressure.’

Grayson went on to say.

‘We made a conscious decision that we needed to rest some of the lads who have played in the last few games because it has been a tough shift. I also wanted to see the other lads play as well. They have trained well and been itching to get their name on the teamsheet. We went with the changes that we did but it certainly wasn’t a weakened team, we didn’t go with under-23s – it was players who have been around this squad quite a bit now. I had a strong bench just to make sure if anything went through we could come back to that but fortunately we saw enough of the game to win it.’

With Gooch getting on the scoresheet in the game, he was also interviewed at the full time whistle and he explained.

‘I`ve dreamt about this moment since I was a ten-year-old boy when I came over here on trial, so to finally get that goal was amazing. No one wanted extra-time especially because of the amount of games we have, so it was a relief for everyone and moment to remember.’

He went on to add.

‘It was perfect to get an assist in the first half as well. When the gaffer told me I was playing my main focus was to impress him so I can break into the team, and hopefully I`ve done that. We want to get as many wins as we can get to take us to where we want to be.’

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