Date: 14th February 2018 at 8:29pm
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Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has heaped praise on young striker Joel Asoro following the Bristol City fightback last weekend.

Having conceded three goals in the game to Lee Johnson’s side, Sunderland staged an incredible fightback in the final 20 minutes of the game to take a valuable point and boost confidence ahead of what everyone knows is another relegation battle for the second successive year.

With 18 year old Asoro winning the freekick for our second goal of the day to renew hope of a comeback as opposed to simply a consolation own goal, eleven minutes later he picked up the ball and saw his effort loop into the net to draw us level.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media on Tuesday, Coleman was full of praise for the youngster and said he’d been delighted to see him work ‘even harder’ following his break through into the first XI.

‘I thought Joel Asoro was absolutely excellent in the second 45 minutes. That fearlessness is what you need and he`s got a really good attitude – he doesn`t miss training and he`s ready for games whether we play him wide or down the middle. I`m really pleased for him as well.’

Coleman went on to praise his general attitude in training.

‘When you address him in training, whether it`s tactical advice or you know, he always tries to take it board so I`m really pleased for him. He`s worked incredible hard and he`s worked harder since he`s got in the team to stay in the team, and that`s a pleasing sign.’

There was also praise for Aiden McGeady with the Republic of Ireland international coming off the bench to good effect and getting our second.

‘Aiden looked good on Saturday – he was bright and sharp – he made some good passes and scored a good goal. When he`s in that type form you can`t not pick him, so I was really pleased with him, as I was with Kaz (LuaLua) who is getting fitter.’


‘And Fletch did everything right but when he got the rebound it was an incredible save which is unfortunate.’

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