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WATCH: Advocaat hails Sunderland fight

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat has praised his players for summoning up the spirit of their successful fight against relegation last season to secure their first point this Premier League campaign.

The Black Cats fought back after going behind to clinch a 1-1 draw with Swansea at the Stadium of Light.

Watch Dick Advocaat's full post-match press conference here:


Dick Advocaat: 'No promises are being broken'

The Black Cats still hope to bring in at least two new players, but departures seem more likely over the next few days.

Dick Advocaat has confirmed that Emanuel Giaccherini is likely to leave before the transfer window shuts and every player is for sale if he wants to go.

The spotlight is on the summer investment - and today Advocaat clarified one important point. The Chairman Ellis Short didn't promise to spend a certain amount of money. So no promises are being broken.

I also have to be realistic to our chairman, our owner. He said we have to invest to make the team better and that's what we try to do. He never, because people mentioned it in the newspapers, he never mentioned figures. He never said 10, 20, 30, 40, 50. I said listen, we have to make the team better and that's what we try.

– Dick Advocaat


Adam Johnson out of play for eight weeks

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Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat has revealed that Adam Johnson is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after injuring his shoulder.

The winger suffered a shoulder injury in training and will undergo further tests tonight (Wednesday 12th August), but Advocaat is expecting to be without Johnson for a minimum of eight weeks.

Advocaat also revealed that Jordi Gomez remains unavailable and Danny Graham is also struggling for fitness.

We have Jordi Gomez and Adam Johnson injured and Danny Graham also has some minor problems. Adam will go to the hospital for a scan tonight and then we will know exactly what is wrong. It is a serious injury and it will be at least eight weeks.

– Dick Advocaat

Sunderland out-foxed by Leicester in season opener

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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, who replaced Nigel Pearson in the summer, watched Jamie Vardy head an early opener before a brace from Algerian Riyad Mahrez put the buoyant Foxes out of sight before half-time.

Mahrez, who signed a new deal at the club last week, missed two fine chances to complete his hat-trick before Jermain Defoe gave Sunderland a glimmer of hope by firing past Kasper Schmeichel.

Marc Albrighton put the seal on Leicester's win in the 66th minute and despite Steven Fletcher's late consolation it marked a worrying start to the season for Dick Advocaat's men.

Advocaat wants to sign another two players

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat said in a press conference today that his transfer window acquisition spree is not yet over.

He plans to add another two players to his squad, on top of the five he has already signed this summer.

When asked what's the key to avoiding relegation this season, he said: "bringing in good players".

Advocaat would not be drawn on which players he is considering.

Watch the full press conference here.

Advocaat: "Expect more signings"

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Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says his summer spending is far from finished as he aims to make his current crop of Black Cats stars fight for their first-team future.

Advocaat has completed five new deals since making his own role at the Stadium of Light permanent at the end of last season, and is eyeing at least two before before the end of the transfer window.

The Dutchman believes many of his side's problems during the last campaign came about because a number of players were able to rest on their laurels with their places in the starting line-up assured.

Yann M'Vila and Jeremain Lens are two of Advocaat's new signings

"The most important thing is that you have competition - that everybody has to fight for their places. You can see now in training that that is improving."

Jeremain Lens is expected to join Jermain Defoe up front in his new side's season-opener at Leicester on Saturday, but there will be no place for fellow new boy Yann M'Vila.

The French international is short of match fitness after arriving on a season-long loan from Rubin Kazan this week, and is instead expected to start with the reserve squad.

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