Sunderland old boy puts nightmare behind him for FA Cup dream

Jordan Watson in his Sunderland days
Jordan Watson in his Sunderland days
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FORMER Sunderland youth-teamer Jordan Watson is relishing the prospect of tomorrow’s FA Cup first round clash with Altrincham – after ending almost two years on the sidelines.

Two serious cruciate ligament problems halted his progress, but Watson is now fully focused on Altrincham’s visit to Croft Park (2pm).

“It’s really unbelievable to be in the first round,” said defender Watson. “After the nightmare two years I have had with injuries and then being released by Sunderland, it was tough, but the move to Blyth came and now to be looking forward to the game is just unbelievable.

“I can’t wait to get out there”

Watson added: “When the first injury happened, you just think ‘I will get over this and carry on’.

“The recovery took longer than expected, but I felt OK.

“Then, in my first training session back, it went again, although I was only out for six months that time and the physio at Sunderland was excellent.

“When I got released by Sunderland it was hard, but Blyth Spartans came calling and I am delighted to be here and determined to do well.”

Evo-Stik League Blyth are the underdogs against the Conference visitors, and Watson said: “It’s a winnable game, but it will be a difficult game. We are confident and we are in good form, but we know we have to be at the top of our game to beat them.”