Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Boys Get Taste of How Cats Fans Can Sound; Young Guns Lead Way for New-Look Wearsiders

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Boys Get Taste of How Cats Fans Can Sound; Young Guns Lead Way for New-Look Wearsiders

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Byline: STUART RAYNER Football Writer @sturayner

SUNDERLAND had six debutants at home to Charlton Athletic on Saturday as well as a new coaching staff - and now they know what the club is all about, according to Lynden Gooch.

The American headed a dramatic winner in the sixth added minute as his team came from behind to win their first game back in English football's third tier 2-1. The cacophony which greeted Gooch's goal ought to have his teammates desperate to sample more of it, where at times over the last two seasons the squad has appeared to dread playing in front of their fans.

"Everyone, even the staff, are saying, 'Jesus!'," said Gooch, who despite only being 24 is one of the club's longest servers having come through the academy. "People just tracking back, just putting one tackle in and you can hear the roar around the place, it's unbelievable.

"We need to just keep going. I think that was big for the new lads to see that after the last-minute winner - to see what this place is all about."

The patience and belief of the fans was put to the test when Lyle Taylor converted a ninth-minute penalty to put Charlton in front. Sunderland had not come from behind to win since November 2016. Even in this summer's pre-season friendlies, the team scoring first had not lost.

"They stuck with us and credit to them. But credit to the lads as well because we kept going," said Gooch.

"That's what we have to do, to say patient and just stick to the gameplan and keep going." The official attend-Turn to Page 50 FROM BACK PAGE ance was 31,079. They only once had a bigger gate last season, at home to Leeds United.

Summer signings Jon McLaughlin, Glenn Loovens, Alim Ozturk, Luke O'Nien and Chris Maguire all started, while on-loan striker Jerome Sinclair came off the bench.

Bali Mumba, a 16-year-old academy graduate, was making his full debut. …

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