Sunderland’s Michael Turner says Wigan Athletic game shows team’s character

Jordan Henderson with Sunderland fans after he scored his second goal against Wigan Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID
Jordan Henderson with Sunderland fans after he scored his second goal against Wigan Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID
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MICHAEL Turner feels Sunderland have proved they have the character to stay the course in the race for the top 10.

Sunderland’s crucial 4-2 victory over fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic was the first time the Black Cats had fought back to take maximum points from going behind since the win over Blackburn Rovers in August, 2009.

Steve Bruce’s side shrugged off the blow of Mohamed Diame’s opener for Wigan, just as they had the first half injuries to Phil Bardsley and Danny Welbeck and then the loss of Asamoah Gyan after the break.

The resilience was rewarded with Sunderland’s first win since January as they virtually ended their relegation fears and returned to the top half of the table following a four-game absence, ahead of this weekend’s visit of Fulham.

Turner (pictured, left) told the Echo: “It was all about character on Saturday.

“It was always going to be a tough test going one down. But the two lads going off in the first half had kind of galvanised us. We pulled together a little bit more and got our just desserts.”

Read more in today’s Echo.