Aug 4, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Attendance: 29,578
Sunderland
1-1
DerbyDerby County
Grabban (42' pen.)
Vaughan (89')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Johnson (11')

Simon Grayson pleased with Sunderland performance

Grayson pleased with Sunderland display
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Sunderland manager Simon Grayson is pleased with his side's performance during his first match at the helm, despite being held to a 1-1 draw at home.

Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has said that he is pleased with his side's performance during this evening's 1-1 draw with Derby County at the Stadium of Light.

Grayson handed debuts to six players in his first competitive match at the helm, but his side needed to come from behind to earn a point in their first Championship fixture for more than a decade.

The newly-relegated Black Cats were denied a winner by the woodwork in the second half, though, and Grayson believes that there are plenty of positives to take from the season opener.

"I thought we played well. It was always going to be difficult with the hangover from last season but we started the game extremely well and they scored against the run of play," he told Sky Sports News.

"The players showed immense character to get back on it again and we made some good chances. We asked some questions for a good Derby team."

The result means that Sunderland are still winless in front of their own fans this calendar year.

Lee Cattermole of Sunderland in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Norwich City at Stadium of Light on August 15, 2015 in Sunderland, England.
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