McClean targets regular Sunderland run

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ames McClean was elated with the impact that he made on his debut for Sunderland against Blackburn on Sunday.

The Irishman came on with a quarter of an hour to play, and added something different to the Sunderland attack by taking people on in wide areas and firing in crosses.

His side went on to come from behind to win the game thanks to a pair of stunning goals from David Vaughan and Sebastian Larsson, ensuring Martin O’Neill won his first game in charge and Mclean certainly played his part in the victory.

"I was delighted to get on for my debut and the fact the team won made it even better,” said the ex-Derry City player.

"I managed to get a good cross in with pretty much my first touch which Seb nearly scored from, so that was good for my confidence.

"I really enjoyed it out there. It just feels good to be involved."

Although happy with the way things went yesterday, McClean isn’t getting carried away with his cameo and is determined to get into the first team on a regular basis.

Competition for places will be tough under the former Leicester City boss, but it's a challenge that the youngster is relishing.

“I know it’s only one game and I have to keep working hard and hopefully force myself into the manager’s first eleven,” he added.

“The atmosphere was incredible out there- the fans were superb.

“It’s a great feeling in the changing room. The boys are buzzing. It was great to win the manager’s first game in charge.”

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