Manchester United loanee offers '˜something very special', says Sunderland assistant boss Bracewell

Paul Bracewell says Adnan Januzaj has the ability to deliver something 'very special' '“ after his stunning strike helped Sunderland reach the third round of the EFL Cup.

Sunderland made hard work of it, but they eventually overcame a resilient League One Shrews side thanks to the Belgian’s stunning 84th minute strike.

David Moyes’ side face QPR away in the next round of the competition.

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Assistant manager Bracewell, who was carrying out post-match press duties in place of Moyes, said: “That’s one of the reasons why the boss brought him in.

“All of a sudden, he can turn, and it was a great finish to get a result on a tough night.”

Bracewell admits that Manchester United loanee Januzaj is a work in progress, but he added: “Some things we were happy with and some things we weren’t.

“He’s got that ability to deliver something very special like that.”

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Reflecting on the 1-0 win, Bracewell said: “Obviously delighted we have got through to the next round, kept a clean sheet and a first win.

“We had a young team out, one or two lads playing out of position as well.

“It was a tough game, but, all in all, the most important thing in the cup games is getting through.

“You have got Jack Rodwell playing at centre-back, which is not his position, young lads coming to the club playing their second game and Joel [Asoro] up front.

“But, all in all, you can’t be too disappointed with them.”

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Sunderland travel to Southampton on Saturday looking for their first Premier League point of the season after back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Middlesbrough.

Bracewell added: “It’s always nice to be in a winning dressing room as a player, as supporters and as management. We have got to keep going.

“We dust ourselves down – now we have got another big game coming up on Saturday.”