JORDI Gomez is glad his first goal in Sunderland colours was a meaningful one.
Summer signing Gomez broke his Sunderland duck in some style in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup second round win at Birmingham City after his long-ranger prompted a three-goal blitz in the final 13 minutes at St Andrew’s.
The Spanish midfielder chipped in with goals during his time at former club Wigan Athletic after netting 28 times during his five years with the Latics.
But while Gomez played down the significance of opening his account for his new employers, the Bosman arrival admits it was a crucial moment in ensuring Sunderland progressed into the League Cup’s third round.
“I’m happy with the goal, but the most important thing was to go through,” said the 29-year-old.
“That goal helped to win the game.
“I always try to score from those positions if I get a bit of space.
“We knew it was going to be difficult, especially with the long balls (from Birmingham).
“But, at the end, we created the chances to score the goals.
“They made it difficult for us, especially in the first half.
“But I think we played much better in the second half and, in the end, we deserved to score the goals.”
Victory at Birmingham extended Sunderland’s unbeaten start to the season to three games after taking two points from as many Premier League outings.
But getting that elusive first Premier League win of the campaign remains in the sights of Gus Poyet’s side, who have a presentable opportunity tomorrow against a QPR outfit reeling from three successive defeats.
Gomez added: “We wanted to win on Wednesday to keep unbeaten.
“We wanted to get through to the next round, but we wanted to get a first win too.
“I think now there is a good feeling in the team for tomorrow.”