Oh baby! Keeper Jon hailed af­ter late dash

Sunday Sun - - Football -

JON McLaugh­lin turned in a man-of-the-match per­for­mance in Sun­der­land’s 2-0 win at Ply­mouth Ar­gyle de­spite a late dash to Devon.

While the rest of the squad headed for Ply­mouth on Fri­day lunchtime, McLaugh­lin stayed be­hind to spend ex­tra time with his fam­ily af­ter his wife gave birth to a son on Thurs­day.

And he flew late on Fri­day to link up with the rest of the team be­fore play­ing at Home Park this af­ter­noon, go­ing on to make two mag­nif­i­cent saves to help pre­serve his fourth suc­ces­sive clean sheet.

“Jon had a sec­ond child, a son, on Thurs­day so he didn’t travel down un­til very late on Fri­day night,” said man­ager Jack Ross.

“The one ad­van­tage we had was that it was a planned cae­sar­ian so we were able to plan around it.

“He had Thurs­day off and then trav­elled late on Fri­day and got the last flight down.

“It’s tes­ta­ment to his pro­fes­sion­al­ism be­cause he only ar­rived at the ho­tel af­ter 11pm, yet he went on to pro­duce an­other fan­tas­tic per­for­mance for us.”

Ai­den McGeady scored both goals for the Black Cats, net­ting his first just af­ter half­time and then adding the sec­ond from the penalty spot in­side the fi­nal 15 min­utes.

The win was Sun­der­land’s fifth league vic­tory in a row and it lifted them into the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places, leav­ing them three points be­hind lead­ers Portsmouth and with a game in hand of Pom­pey, but Ross is still not sat­is­fied.

He said: “We want to go that one step fur­ther. I’ve said all along that I won’t re­ally be sat­is­fied un­til we are there and we stay there.

“The play­ers have been good for me all sea­son and at the mo­ment they are churn­ing out re­sults and clean sheets, which is a ter­rific place to be and we look a good side.

“I still think we have got im­prove­ment in us, we can get bet­ter, peo­ple talk about the depth of our squad and the qual­ity of our squad but we have been chal­lenged in that way, our bench was stretched to­day, so the way we are bang­ing out re­sults is tes­ta­ment to that whole group of play­ers.”

“With the ex­cep­tion of that 15-20 pe­riod in the sec­ond half where we lost con­trol of the game, I thought it was as well as we have played away from home in terms of dom­i­nat­ing a game.”

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