Bailey Wright was relived to finally get a win after a woeful run of seven games without victory and he believes that Lee Johnson, who he worked with at Bristol City, has made a big difference already. He said: "It was good. Obviously, it's nice to get back to winning ways after a bit of a tough spell for ourselves. We stuck at playing our football and tonight I think we played some really good stuff. You could see what the gaffer has been working on in a short space of time and how he wants us to play. I think when you conceded a goal it's certainly frustrating as a defender because you go in wanting to keep a clean sheet but you're up against good sides. You're always at the mercy of a strike like that. We stuck to what we believed in and what the plan was right from the kick-off and right to the end - regardless of conceding a goal. We stuck to out guns and showed out character. We played some really good stuff and on another day we could've had a few more."
"With every session that we'll get together it'll create a better understanding of what the gaffer expects and how he wants us to play. There's a lot of good positives from tonight," he said. "It's exciting to see what levels we can get to and progress. We're all hungry to learn and get better as a team and keep winning games of football. You get a good taste of how we want to play and how we want to go about out football - attacking and defensively. We've still got a long way to get to where we want to but we're heading in the right direction and we're positive about it. I had some great times at Bristol City working under the gaffer and he brought me on a long way as a player and you're excited to work with him in the challenge here at Sunderland. I think everything is heading int the right direction and we want to make sure that we get results - that's the main thing. Working with the gaffer, it feels like a while since I've played his way and his training sessions. I enjoyed my time there at Bristol with him and I'm looking forward to our time here."
In other news, Lee Johnson was full of praise for man of the match Jack Diamond, who was previously ignored by Phil Parkinson. “I thought he was fantastic,” Johnson said. "He’s got mega-bucks of work to do, and he’s got to sleep with a futsal ball under his pillow because he needs to learn how to master the ball, but wow, he’s so powerful, direct and dynamic, and we need that in our team. We need that to create space for the footballers that can get in the pockets. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and Jack certainly made a very good one on me today. I’m really looking forward to working with him. I was talking to him before the game about watching various clips – Chris Waddle used to drag it and his head was so far over the ball it was almost impossible to tackle him. At the moment Jack runs direct, almost at the middle of the legs of the defender, when what we want him to do is drag it a little bit, push it on his inside foot and race him down the outside. I thought his overall game was good. Yes, sometimes his touch was a little bit hot potato, but actually when he had to protect the ball he did that really well. He needs to sleep with a futsal ball under his pillow and master those touches, but there’s a real good framework there to improve. He has a very good attitude as well.”