Lee Johnson has this verdict on Ross Stewart's debut and Sunderland's win at Accrington Stanley
Lee Johnson believes that Ross Stewart will prove to be a ‘coup’ for Sunderland – after he netted on his debut at Accrington.
The winter signing from Ross County impressed from the bench at the Wham Stadium and opened the scoring with a well-taken header.
His introduction sparked a much-improved second half for the Black Cats who had to battle for the win against John Coleman’s side.
And the Black Cats’ endeavour left Johnson pleased at full-time.
"I thought we showed good attitude and good energy,” he said.
"It was a difficult game. Obviously it was a battle, it was always going to be a battle – a footballing battle. Both sides tried to play but at times it did get scrappy and we had to deal with it.
"It was a good change in terms of big Rosco ready to come on. I think we needed a bit more of a platform, it was asking Charlie to do a lot against three big lads so just a little tactical tweak there and we’re delighted for him.
“We’ve missed him, I think, and now it’s one game, one goal, one medal!”
So with the striker now off the mark, does Johnson believe he can go on to become a key player?
"I hope so.
"We signed him to be a key part of the squad. We spent money, and no-one is really spending money, so I think it goes to show how much we believe in him.
"I think it was a coup. He’s tall, he’s mobile, he’s got a good touch and he’s big.
"No disrespect to Ross County, but he’ll probably be getting more chances in our team maybe than he did.
"He spent a lot of time defending for Ross and here, hopefully he can spend a lot of time attacking.
"Very pleased with that one and delighted for him. It’s a big club to come to and sometimes it can be a bit frustrating for the lad. He’s come in with an injury, he’s had a re-occurence and he needs to find his gravitas.
"He’s taken a step towards that today.”