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Ben Dawson delighted with Sunderland win

"We said to the lads before the game in the meeting that it doesn’t get much better than this. Monday night under the lights, an immaculate pitch, a little bit of rain before hand and performance made it into an even better evening for us. Each and every player including the lads who came off the bench put in a great performance.

"We asked for focus, intensity, and a bit of enthusiasm. It doesn’t get much better than this. If you can’t enjoy tonight then I don’t know what will get you going. On top of that you are asking them you are then asking them to show the quality that they’ve got. They showed that for large spells. There was five minutes when we took our foot off the gas was the only blip on the night. Everything we asked of the players in pre-season they showed good examples of."

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