The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW -

GE­ORGE Honey­man ful­filled a child­hood dream by scor­ing his first goal for Sun­der­land – and has promised there is more to come, writes Andy Ed­wards. Honey­man is the only boy­hood Sun­der­land fan in Si­mon Grayson’s squad and re­alises the im­por­tance of get­ting the Black Cats back to the Premier League at the first at­tempt. The 22-year-old mid­fielder from Prud­hoe scored the win­ner in Thurs­day’s Carabao Cup tie against Bury, but he knows the key is to start win­ning games in the Cham­pi­onship. Grayson’s side be­gan­with a 1-1 draw at home to Derby and, ahead of today’s game, Honey­man is keen to build on that cup win. He said: “The teams we’re play­ing at the minute are hope­fully go­ing to be our ri­vals at the end of the sea­son. If we can get a few wins up on them now and get a bit of mo­men­tum, it will stand us in good stead for the rest of the sea­son.” And Honey­man is keen to keep im­press­ing Grayson, to en­sure he re­tains his place in the team. He added: “I’m not fussed where the man­ager plays me. I just want to be out on the pitch. “He gives me good li­cence to get on the ball and try to make things hap­pen. I still want to be bet­ter in the fi­nal third. There’s def­i­nitely stuff I can still work on.”

GOAL: Ge­orge Honey­man

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