Watmore scored the third of Sunderland's goals in their 3-0 win over Norwich City at the weekend.
Sunderland's Duncan Watmore was delighted to mark his return to action with a goal in the 3-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road.
It was the final goal that capped a fine win for the Black Cats as they moved to within a point of safety, with Norwich in 17th having played a game less.
Watmore told the Sunderland Echo: “It’s great to get that goal and show the hard work has paid off. The staff just wanted me to stretch the game and take us up the pitch, and make sure we got people in the right areas.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to go straight back in and get that 45 minutes."
Some have suggested that Sunderland have been playing pretty well of late and not getting their rewards, as they have been a side that has played with a good degree of confidence while trying to fight their way out of the drop zone.
The win over the Canaries was their first victory from their past seven games and Watmore says Sunderland are confident they can get themselves out of trouble following the win at the weekend, but the side are not going to get complacent off the back of it.
He added: "“There’s a lot of leaders in the team and you need that. I’m always trying to learn from them. Hopefully that can help us.
“We’re not going to get complacent or anything like that, but you have to use the momentum positively and take it into the next game.
“We need to make sure we build on it and make sure it’s not just a one-off win. We’ve got a couple of tricky games against good teams, but we have to be ready for that.”
Sunderland face Arsenal at the Stadium of Light next weekend as they look to maintain the momentum that has been generated from this win. After they host the Gunners they face Stoke City, Chelsea, Everton and Watford before their season concludes, with their more difficult looking fixtures coming at home.
Having Watmore back from injury is a plus for Sunderland. Although he is only a young player, he has shown he is an effective, talented option that can cause the opposition problems.
While many will look to Jermain Defoe to fire them towards survival, Watmore certainly has the capability to chip in with a few vital goals in the coming weeks.