Sunderland AFC briefing: Simon Grayson's revealing admission, Lewis Grabban rewarded, Bristol City ticket offer

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In-form Sunderland striker Lewis Grabban has been selected in the EFL team of the week.

Back from a hamstring injury, Grabban scored two goals in the first half at Griffin Park in Sunderland's 3-3 draw with Brentford in the Championship.

Sunderland striker Lewis Grabban scored a brace against Brentford.

Sunderland striker Lewis Grabban scored a brace against Brentford.

Grabban scored his first from open play, the striker racing on to a long ball forward by Bryan Oviedo, his second a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

The on-loan AFC Bournemouth striker has now scored five goals in his first nine league games for the club.

Sunderland boss admits he doesn't yet know his best defence:

Grayson admits he is still searching for his best defence after the Black Cats shipped three goals at Griffin Park.

Injuries and poor form have forced the Sunderland boss to change his defence regularly, with his side now holding the joint-worst record in the division alongside Burton Albion.

Grayson said: "A few weeks ago we weren’t scoring and people said that was the issue, now we’re scoring and it is about us conceding. It is about getting the balance right, of course it is, it is getting partnerships and understanding and consistency in selection.

"I don’t think there were many individual mistakes for the goals, we know we need to work hard on it on the training pitch because we’ve got the players to win us games if we keep clean sheets.

"Every manager and any supporters as well will tell you that when there’s a consistent team selection the opportunity to keep clean sheets is easier because there’s more understanding of partnerships and cohesion within the group.

"Do I know my strongest back four? Not really because we’ve not been able to put everybody together at one particular time."

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Sunderland announce 'Kids for a Quid' offer for Bristol City game:

Sunderland have released details of their ‘Kids for a Quid’ offer for the game against Bristol City on Saturday (KO 3pm).

Fans can buy up to two under-16 tickets for £1 each with any adult ticket, with the offer valid for all general admission areas of the stadium.

A club statement read: "The offer is also valid for season card holders and those who have already purchased an adult ticket.

"Bristol City supporters can also take advantage of the offer.

"If you’ve already purchased an under-16 ticket for the game at full price, the ticket office will be in touch directly to refund the difference.

"To take advantage of this great offer, tickets must be bought in advance from the Stadium of Light ticket office, over the phone or online."