“There is no better way for me to start on my debut than with three points, I signed on Monday morning, trained with the squad later in the day and then travelled down and the gaffer put me straight in. We kept a clean sheet and won the game so a good start.
"It’s not just about the defenders when we keep a clean sheet, the team has to defend together and tonight was a perfect example of that. In this game we were solid and compact and the clean sheet certainly helped us."
Having helped Sunderland win their battle with survival last season he feels that the current squad showed in the victory that they have the strength to come through this latest challenge.
"We can see what players we have in this squad and the quality we have together. We showed that today but we have to continue doing the same each match. I have been in this position before so I know what to expect but as a group we need to go onto the next game and do what we did in this one because victories bring confidence but its about doing the preparation right and that begins on the training pitch and getting ready for the next challenge."
On Saturday the 26 year-old comes up against his former side at Selhurst Park as Sunderland visit, a club that he worked under Sam Allardyce at during the manager's 31 games in charge at The Stadium Of Light and knows what the boss will bring to his current role.
"Its an important game for the club because if we can get a win we know we will extend the gap between us and Sunderland. We are at home so we need to be confident and show everyone what we can do.
"I know the gaffer very well and he got the best out of me last season and I am sure he can do that again. Everyone knows how good he is and everywhere he works he gets results so I am very positive we can move on and start winning more games.
"He puts on great training sessions, cares for the players, listens to them and is really a very good manager."
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