Middlesbrough team-sheet boost for Sunderland striker Campbell

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FRAIZER Campbell admits just seeing his name on the team-sheet again was enough to hand him a boost, let alone grabbing Sunderland’s equaliser against Middlesbrough.

Campbell was unaware of his inclusion in the match-day squad until he arrived at the Stadium of Light yesterday afternoon.

And after fellow striker Connor Wickham struggled in a poor first half from the hosts, Black Cats boss O’Neill introduced Campbell to the fray with the former Manchester United man grabbing the equaliser just before the hour mark in a fiercely competitive derby tussle.

“I was buzzing when I saw the team sheet,” added Campbell.

“The manager likes to keep things quiet so everyone’s mentally prepared and on their toes. But I didn’t know until I got to the stadium that I would be on the bench.

“At the end of the first half, the manager said get warmed up to be ready for the second half so I was like ‘Yes!’

“I was sprinting around like a headless chicken but I really enjoyed myself out there. I didn’t expect to play so long, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

“It was brilliant to be involved from half-time and I was delighted with that. Hopefully I can get some more minutes under my belt and show everyone what I’m all about.

“There were some naughty tackles in there yesterday, it was end-to-end stuff, but that’s exactly what people love about the FA Cup.

“I can’t play half-hearted. I have to give 110 per cent all the time, otherwise there’s no point being on the pitch.”