Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

By George It's Good to Remember How Sweet the Taste of Victory Is; THE AGENDA: How Sunderland's Players Finally Rediscovered That Winning Feeling at Burton

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

By George It's Good to Remember How Sweet the Taste of Victory Is; THE AGENDA: How Sunderland's Players Finally Rediscovered That Winning Feeling at Burton

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer Twitter: @sturayner

GEORGE Honeyman spoke of how much Sunderland's players had missed the feeling which made them play football in the first place after tasting victory for the first time in 17 Championship matches.

The Black Cats' 2-0 win over Burton Albion had been their first in 95 long days - and it was over 100 since they had been on the winning side in the league.

Honeyman, who followed up James Vaughan's 85th-minute goal with one of his own, was thankful they broke the miserable cycle.

"It's just a massive relief," said the Prudhoe-born midfielder. "All the lads in the dressing room were saying how much we'd missed this feeling.

"We'll enjoy it for now, then go again on Saturday and try to get another one (at home to Reading) because it's the best feeling in football, winning. Our away end at the end there - it doesn't get better than that.

"It (winning) is why you play football. You don't play professional football if you don't like winning.

Everyone says if you could bottle it, it's the best feeling in the world. This has got to make us think we want more of it so next weekend let's try and do it again."

Honeyman was very much on message at full-time, echoing the sentiments of manager Chris Coleman, who was celebrating his first win as Black Cats manager in only his second game and goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter, who kept the club's first Championship clean sheet of the season.

"It's the best feeling in the world," Ruiter (left) beamed. "We had to wait for it for a while but we definitely needed this win."

Coleman made a point of going over to the 1,500 away fans in the sold-out 4,808-capacity stadium at full-time and celebrating with them.

"You can never have enough of that feeling as a manager. But the fans have waited a long time to savour a win and they deserved to enjoy the moment. …

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