Two earn Sunderland starts against Swansea

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WILL BUCKLEY and Billy Jones will be rewarded for their Capital One Cup displays with a start in Saturday’s Premier League encounter against Swansea.

The pair of summer signings were two of seven players introduced to the starting line-up in last night’s League Cup third round clash against Stoke and both impressed, despite Sunderland crashing out of the competition.

And Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed they will keep their place in the side against Swansea - who beat Everton 3-0 to advance to the fourth round last night - as the Black Cats continue their search for a first Premier League win of the campaign.

Poyet said: “Buckley is going to play on Saturday and Billy Jones as well, for sure.”

Jozy Altidore will also be in contention for his first league start of the season after ending a 10-month goal drought in the 2-1 defeat last.

With fellow strikers Connor Wickham missing the game with a back problem and Steven Fletcher still recovering from a calf strain, Poyet was pleased to see Altidore on the scoresheet.

“It was important for Jozy to score,” said Poyet.

“It’s been a long time and it’s very difficult for a striker.

“He led the line because we lost Connor yesterday morning with a little problem in his back.

“It was difficult for Jozy. Jozy knows that he needs to score goals to convince people and to do better for us.”

Poyet felt there was little between the two sides after Altidore’s opener was cancelled out by a brace from Stoke left-back Marc Muniesa.

But the Sunderland boss was again left ruing the Black Cats’ inability to convert a promising situation into victory.

He added: “I hate losing, so it’s difficult. I don’t think we played badly, I don’t think there was a difference between the two teams.

“Like I always say, between most of the teams in the Premier League, there is little difference and one decision can change a game one way or the other.

“I thought that decision went against us.

“I suppose sooner or later, we are going to have one the other way around and we are going to win a football game.”