Dick Advocaat explains why Connor Wickham was 'excellent' against West Ham

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat was full of praise for striker Connor Wickham after his performance against West Ham.

Dick Advocaat spoke to the official Sunderland Twitter account after his side's 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday, and was full of praise for striker Connor Wickham.

Advocaat took charge of his first game for the Black Cats on Saturday evening, and took his side to Upton Park in search of points after last weekend's 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa - which of course, cost manager Gus Poyet his job.

Dutchman Advocaat didn't get what he was looking for though, as West Ham stole a dramatic injury time winner, with Diafra Sakho driving the ball past Costel Pantilimon to win the game.

Both Burnley and Aston Villa also lost, meaning Sunderland remain just one point above the drop zone, but haven't lost any ground this weekend.

In what turned out to be a disappointing end to Advocaat's Sunderland debut, he did find one bright spot in the defeat - striker Connor Wickham.

Speaking to Sunderland's official Twitter account after the game, Advocaat praised the 21-year-old, branding him 'excellent' due to his hard work up front.

Wickham may have only scored three goals in the Premier League this season, but it seems that he has a fan in Advocaat - and with plenty of time still to develop, he could become a key part of Advocaat's side in the relegation run-in.

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