Aug 13, 2017 at 1.30pm UK at ​Carrow Road
Attendance: 26,343
NorwichNorwich City
Grabban (78' pen.)
FT(HT: 0-1)
Grabban (27', 71'), McGeady (59')
Vaughan (53')

Simon Grayson: "It was a pleasing afternoon"

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Sunderland manager Simon Grayson praises his team's "work ethic" after their first win of the Championship season.

Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has hailed his side for their "work ethic" after they defeated Norwich City to claim their first win of the Championship season.

Two goals from Lewis Grabban either side of an Aiden McGeady strike helped the Black Cats to all three points at Carrow Road, in the process earning them just their third league victory of 2017.

The side launched the new season with a draw with Derby County nine days ago and, speaking after today's game, Grayson thanked his charges for executing his gameplan.

"We always knew it was going to be a tough game because they have some very good players," he told the Sunderland website. "You have to give credit to our players for carrying out the instructions we've laid out in the last 48 hours.

"We knew they would have possession due to playing three at the back but we were happy for them to have it in certain areas, and ultimately we knew we would get opportunities on the counter-attack.

"We've always said that we have players who can hurt the opposition and you've seen that today with two great goals. Overall it was a pleasing afternoon."

Next up for Sunderland is a trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

Lewis Grabban in action for Bournemouth on September 20, 2016
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