Joseph Owens: Hardworking Danny Graham impresses as Sunderland bid to avoid the drop

Danny Graham goes to ground to battle Everton's Phil Jagielka today
Danny Graham goes to ground to battle Everton's Phil Jagielka today
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LAST weekend saw something Sunderland fans have been waiting over two years to see.

Danny Graham ‘scored’ his first Sunderland goal and, although it was on the fortunate side, it isn’t something he hasn’t deserved.

When Graham arrived on Wearside he seemed overweight and unfit, a surplus requirement to an already expiring squad. Graham recently seems to be a rejuvenated player. During his limited appearances this season he has injected a certain fight into dying performances, looked to influence the game and has shown the level of effort the Black Cats fans deserve to see.

He is not the most talented footballer, nor is he the most agile or prolific, but what Graham does offer is something that has seemed absent from Sunderland’s front line all season.

Graham possesses similar characteristics as fan favourite Lee Cattermole. The hard-working, never give up, heart on sleeve attitude. Not everything they attempt comes to fruition and there are several mistakes made in the process, but their hard-working desire seems to soften the blow.

Countless times this season, and last, Cattermole has given the ball away trying to be more flamboyant than necessary. However he is still adored. What differentiates Graham to others – Steven Fletcher for example – is his continued commitment to affect the game in a positive way. Graham will never be a household name but could prove to be a key cog if Sunderland stay up.

* This article was sent into the Echo by a reader for our new Black Cats eight-page supplement, titled The Roar! - which will be in the paper every Wednesday.

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