Fletcher praises 'outstanding' Sunderland performer in Crystal Palace win

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher believes Anthony Réveillère was 'outstanding' against Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Steven Fletcher believes Anthony Réveillère was 'outstanding' on his debut for Sunderland on Monday night.

The defender was brought in on a free transfer by Gus Poyet last month and was been thrown in at the deep end early on due to the injury problems the club have been suffering with. 

Réveillère was forced to come to play out of position, at left-back, after Patrick van Aanholt damaged his shoulder during the Black Cats' Premier League clash with Crystal Palace - and Fletcher believes he coped admirably.

“Anthony came in and I thought he was outstanding to be honest, especially for his first game," he told the Shields Gazette.

“If he can play there while Pat is out, it’s not a bad replacement. He’s very experienced, has played in a lot of teams, so we’re happy we’ve got him. He’s a good asset.” 

Sunderland have struggled for victories so far this campaign, with this 3-1 win only their second triumph to date, and Réveillère will have been delighted to have made such an impact so early on in his career in the North-East. 

It has pushed them out of the relegation zone and they will be determined to kick on after a faltering start.

Réveillère is likely to have a big part to play in the coming weeks, with Van Aanholt expected to be set for a sustained spell on the sidelines due to injury. The Frenchman will be looking to continue impressing his teammates and supporters when the Wearsiders take on Everton this weekend. 

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