SUNDERLAND 10 YEARS AGO: Injured trio on the way back, Yorke confident

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Here’s what the Echo was reporting on SAFC 10 years ago today.


INJURED TRIO Steven Caldwell, Graham Kavanagh and Stephen Elliott are all hoping to be fit for Sunderland’s big game against Championship leaders Cardiff City tomorrow night.

The three players are all nearing a first team comeback. Elliott and Caldwell played for the reserves last week and while Kavanagh has not got a warm-up game under his belt, he has been involved in training.

Manager Roy Keane said today that there are no guarantees any will be involved tomorrow, but he did not rule them out completely.

“We’re very pleased with their progress,” he said. “They’re all coming along nicely. But whether they can play tomorrow, it’s too soon to tell.

“They’re all going to join in with training today and we’ll see if they come through that before making any decisions.

“There’s a chance that all three will be fine – but I think personally at this moment in time, the Cardiff game might come a little too soon for them.

“We’ll wait and see, but there’s certainly no pressure or expectation on them.”

One player who definitely misses the game is young winger Ross Wallace, who picked up a red card over Hull City at the weekend.

Keane said: “It’s disappointing because he should have been aware of the dangers of taking his shirt off and running into the crowd after he picked up a yellow card earlier in the match. The person who’s been hurt the most by it is Ross himself as he now misses our next two games.

“We do not have options to cover him but we would have preferred to have him available.”

While Keane was primarily focused on tomorrow night’s game against Cardiff City, he also has an eye on comings and goings in his squad.

And he confirmed that Mick McCarthy’s Wolverhampton Wanderers had been in touch.

He said: “I’m also looking to improve my squad and that goes for every position. We have had contacts with clubs about players that they are interested in and Wolves are included among those clubs.

“We’ll wait and see how those talks progress but something might happen before the end of the week.”


DWIGHT YORKE reckons there is a growing spirit inside upwardly-mobile Sunderland.

The Black Cats ended their awayday blues with a deserved triumph at basement club Hull City on Saturday.

There were 92 minutes on the clock when Ross Wallace finally notched the vital winner at the KC Stadium and veteran Yorke – who pulled the strings from midfield – expects his side to continue building against league leaders Cardiff at home tomorrow.

The 34-year-old said: “It’s a chance for us to make a statement after a couple of good results. I fully believe we can be a force at the Stadium of Light. I don’t think we will have a problem at home.

“The away form was a bit of a concern, but we have got a good result now and a good performance. We kept going until the end at Hull and that is something the manager has instilled in us.

“It was a great three points for us. It was hard work and we could have made it easier, but we got the job done.”

Sunderland could easily have hammered the Tigers but were guilty of a number of misses – Daryl Murphy, Liam Lawrence and Chris Brown failing to find the target from glorious scoring opportunities.