Ethan Robson reflects on Sunderland debut as he targets more first team football

Ethan Robson at Goodison Park
Ethan Robson at Goodison Park

Ethan Robson is targeting more first team football at Sunderland after making his debut for the club.

The 20-year-old midfielder, from Houghton, came on as a late sub in the 3-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

It was a night to forget for Sunderland but an evening that will live long in the memory for Robson, who has been with the club since the age of eight.

The Under-23 skipper was given a warm pat on the back by manager Simon Grayson before replacing striker James Vaughan.

“It is a shame about the result but I have been at the club since the age of eight and to make my debut is a dream come true,” said Robson.

“It is a great ground to make my debut and this was a proud moment for me and my family. You can see Everton are a Premier League team.

“I think we just have to move on to the next game, which is Cardiff on Saturday.”

Robson, who signed a new two-year contract during the 2016-17 season to keep him on Wearside until 2018, is hoping for more first team opportunities after making his debut.

He added: “My aim is to keep playing well and hopefully always be in the gaffer’s plans. I want to keep playing well for the Under-23s.

“Day in day out, to train with the first team is great.

“The step up to play with the first team on a regular basis is what you want.”

Robson is expected to be part of the Under-23 side that host West Ham United at Eppleton Colliery Welfare, in Hetton, on Sunday lunchtime (KO noon) in Premier League 2. Duncan Watmore is set to play a part again as he makes his comeback from the knee injury that ruled him out for nine months.