Chris Coleman praises Sunderland striker James Vaughan

Wales' manager Chris Coleman follows the game from the touchline during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Georgia and Wales in Tbilisi on October 6, 2017.

James Vaughan scored for Sunderland during their 2-0 win over Burton Albion.

Wales' head coach Chris Coleman gestures during a training session at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 9, 2017, on the eve of the friendly football...

Chris Coleman has told the Chronicle that he believes James Vaughan was outstanding, as Sunderland beat Burton Albion 2-0 at the Pirelli Stadium.

Vaughan came on as a substitute during Sunderland’s victory on Saturday, and he scored the North East side’s first goal in the contest.

The striker has struggled to find form since moving to the Stadium of Light, and he has hit the back of the net for the Black Cats on just two occasions.

And Coleman admits that things have been tough on Wearside for Vaughan.

James Vaughan of Sunderland has his shot on goal blocked by Tom Huddlestone of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on...

The new Sunderland boss said: “It hasn’t been easy for him since he arrived at Sunderland – it hasn’t been easy for anybody.

“Everyone has had a tough time, and it’s not easy to come into that environment, but he still has that capacity to unsettle defenders and he was outstanding when he came on.”

Vaughan’s celebration when he did score against Burton said it all, as he cupped his ears towards the Sunderland supporters in attendance.

Wales' manager Chris Coleman follows the game from the touchline during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Georgia and Wales in Tbilisi on October 6, 2017.

The former Everton may has taken a lot of stick for his performances, which have disappointed to date.

Vaughan could now feature again for Sunderland when they are next in action against Reading on Saturday.

If the Black Cats are able to win that fixture they could move out of the relegation zone, which would be a major boost for Coleman’s new side.

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