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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:

Advocaat confused by 'strange' Sunderland

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat admitted he was confused by his team's performance during Saturday's Premier League defeat to newly-promoted Norwich.

The Black Cats were beaten 3-1 in their first home game of the season at the Stadium of Light. The result leaves them rock bottom of the Premier League table having taken zero points from their opening two games.

Speaking after the match, Advocaat said:

They do things what I don't expect from a player at this level and I have to know why that can happen. It's really strange for me.

You can play bad but not knowing what to do is even worse.

– Dick Advocaat, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Advocaat added that he's planning to holding a team meeting today to discuss his side's poor start to the season.

Team news: M'Vila makes Sunderland debut

French midfielder Yann M'Vila will become the 1000th player to appear for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light today:


Sunderland aiming to give Norwich 'difficult time'

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is aiming to give Norwich City a 'difficult time' during today's Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light.

Speaking ahead of the game, the Dutchman said:

With this crowd, in this stadium, we have to give everybody a very difficult time.

– Dick Advocaat, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

The Black Cats go into the match looking for their first win of the season.

Kaboul and Lens to make league debuts for Sunderland

Lee Cattermole will wear the captain's armband for Sunderland this afternoon as they take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Summer signings Younes Kaboul and Jeremain Lens will make their Premier League debut when the Black Cats against the Foxes kick-off at 3pm.

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