Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Goal Is Scant Consolation for Borini; STRIKER DISAPPOINTED DESPITE BEING BACK ON SCORING TRAIL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Goal Is Scant Consolation for Borini; STRIKER DISAPPOINTED DESPITE BEING BACK ON SCORING TRAIL

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Byline: "A goal confidence, another one By JAMES HUNTER Sports writer

FABIO Borini is off the mark at last - even if his wondergoal at Manchester United was ultimately scant consolation for Sunderland.

The Italian has missed three and a half months of the season after undergoing surgery on a thigh injury but scored in his third outing since making his comeback.

Borini's stunner in injury time made it 3-1 at Old Trafford and meant the scoreline was a better reflection of a game in which only a goal divided the teams until the final 10 minutes.

Borini, who became only the fourth Sunderland player to score in the league this season, said: "It was good to get a goal after a long time out through injury but what counts is the result and we lost - probably by the biggest margin Manchester United deserved. "I am not sure we deserved to lose 3-1 and that is why there is a bit of disappointment about the result.

"My goal is a positive but it is still a disappointment when goals like that ultimately count for almost nothing.

"If we had not mistakes ourselves, maybe it would still have been 1-0 and that goal would have given us the draw.

"Ifs don't take you anywhere, so we just have to look to the next game and that is the most important for now.

"I have played in five games and scored one goal, so it is OK after an injury.

"A goal always brings other goals and confidence, so hopefully I will get another one on the 31st (when Sunderland face Burnley at Turf Moor in their next game)."

Sunderland gave as good as they got in the first half and could easily have taken the lead themselves, Patrick van Aanholt seeing a free-kick saved by David de Gea, and Victor Anichebe and Borini also frustrated by the Spaniard.

Anichebe had a shot saved by the goalkeeper and Borini appeared to miskick the loose ball when it fell to him six yards out - but he revealed de Gea applied a slight touch to the ball just before he hit it.

He added: "de Gea just touched it a fraction before I hit the ball and it was a little bit unlucky.

"Those are the chances which, on another day with a bit more luck, might have gone for us. …

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