New signing, Dion Sanderson spoke after his debut in the North West, a 2-2 draw with Rochdale. The on loan Wolves man is hopeful of promotion this season and looks forward to playing at the heart of the Sunderland defence.

“It was a good game, it was a strain for the boys, and we were unlucky to not get three points. There was a big comparison between the first and second half, I think we built a big momentum second half. We improved on the first half performance and got them on the back foot but overall we’ve got a lot of positives to take away from that game. They tried to flick the ball in behind us a lot so tried to put us on the back foot but I think we dealt with it well. We were first to second balls but I think the team played a good game and the players can be proud of themselves. The chances we had in front of goals, we put a lot of good balls in the box but I think we were just missing the quality in the final third to put the ball in the back of the net. It wasn’t for us tonight but we got our goals from set pieces and we got a good point to take away and like I said there were a lot of positives. It was my first night in a while so it was just good to be back out there playing football, I thought I had a good game although with myself I’m always critical and think there’s room for improvement so I’m just happy to get my debut and get a full night playing. My knee is feeling better, it hit a nerve at the back of my knee so I couldn’t really feel my foot at the time but a bit of recovery, I should be fine and ready to go this weekend. We want to win every game possible. It’s a big season for us and we want to get promoted and that is that challenge and aim for us, the amount of hard work and training is going to be paying off.”