DEBUTANT Anthony Reveillere says Sunderland’s invaluable victory at Crystal Palace was the perfect eye-opener to the Premier League.
Full-back Reveillere excelled on his Sunderland bow at Selhurst Park last night, as the Black Cats moved out of the relegation zone with their first away victory of the campaign.
The former France international hadn’t kicked a ball competitively since leaving Napoli at the end of last season, albeit he kept himself in shape in his homeland during the summer before signing a short-term deal with Sunderland following a successful trial.
But after Sunderland’s dogged defence ended a run of back-to-back defeats with a 3-1 win, the 34-year-old was delighted to have emerged on the winning side in a gruelling, physical encounter against the Eagles.
Reveillere told the Echo: “I learned about the Premier League. It’s very physical and teams go direct with the ball quickly.
“You have to be tough to win a match. I learned a lot. I got one (an arm) in the mouth!
“But I’m learning English, learning about the physical side and that has helped my confidence to play that first game.
“My last match was at the end of the season. During the summer, I did a lot of physical training.
“I knew that I needed to be fit to find a new club.
“Sunderland came to me a few weeks ago and it was a good move for me.
“Last week, I was on the bench against Arsenal, but I got the opportunity last night.
“I was tired at the end, but that’s normal. I got a lot of satisfaction from the game and for the next one, I should be better.”
Despite Palace putting Sunderland under pressure for long spells, the hosts struggled to create meaningful opportunities, with Steven Fletcher’s double – sandwiched by Jordi Gomez’s first league goal – securing the Black Cats’ first Monday win since 2002.
“I’m happy for me and the team because it was important to win last night after the two defeats,” added Reveillere.
“We were coming up against a very direct team. But we played a good match, scored a few goals and we were very organised and resisted their attacks.
“The spirit was very good. We didn’t feel sorry for ourselves after the previous results.
“We’d watched other teams win at the weekend, so it was important to keep up with them and move out of the relegation zone.
“That will be good for our spirit and our confidence.”