It’s been quite a week for Ross Stewart. He was an unused sub in the cup final on Sunday, but got a medal and came off the bench at Accrington on Wednesday to make his debut and score the winner…


“It's going to be a tough week to top! But hopefully over the course of the season I can top it by helping this team to get promoted. I want to play my part in helping us get promoted. I've done a bit already and hopefully I can do more in the coming weeks. It's been a frustrating time for me so to get back playing and to come on and have an impact to get the goal - and more importantly the three points - I'm really happy.”


“The gaffer said he knew what I was capable of, so to go on, be confident and believe in myself. Thankfully, the way the game went, I was able to have an impact so I'm really happy. Balls into the box is what I thrive off. When you've got the quality of Goochy, Geads and others you know you're going to get chances. It's a great ball from Goochy for the goal and I've just tried to help it back, and thankfully it's looped in. As a striker, the quicker you can get that first goal to help you settle the better. Hopefully now I can use that and kick on for the rest of the season because we've got a lot of tough games and we're going to need everybody. Hopefully I can be a big part of that.”


“It's the most frustrated I've been in my career, if I'm being honest. To be close and have the wee setback, then to be close again and have another wee setback, it's been tough mentally. When you come to a new club you want to get in and get playing and show everybody what you can do. It's been a bit later than usual but hopefully I was able to show that a bit tonight. My fitness isn't going to be what it should having been out two or three months but hopefully come games that can top up and I can start to really show what I can do.”


“I've loved every minute. Coming to such a big club like Sunderland with the fanbase and the facilities, the only thing that's not been there is the game time. With that coming now I'm really happy. The lads, the management, the coaching staff, have been excellent with me and helped me settle.”


“You could probably see that when we went two up top [at Accrington] because I thought we were a threat all night with our link-up. We get on really well, we communicate on the pitch and I think there could be a really good partnership there. When I got brought here I knew it was going to be tough because big Chaz has been banging in the goals. You've got to give him credit, but I'm here to play my part. If it's going to be coming up and impacting games like this then I'm ready for it. Whenever I'm on that pitch I'll be ready to give 100 per cent, and that's all I can do.”