Sunderland may have fallen to defeat against Portsmouth, but one player still found the positives out of the occasion and his attitude could serve the team well for the rest of the season.
Antoine Semenyo was a target of Phil Parkinson for some time before the Bristol City loanee eventually joined the club on deadline day, making his debut at Fratton Park.
The forward played 21 minutes but was unable to influence proceedings and prevent a 2-0 defeat, but he remained in high spirits after the game and focused on what he intends to achieve with the Black Cats this season.
As reported by the Sunderland Echo, Semenyo said: “I spoke to Bailey Wright, he gave me a little insight into how it is here. He just said that it was fantastic and that I would really enjoy it. It’s fantastic [to be here]. I’m loving it here already.
“Obviously I played a bit on Saturday, the fans were crazy and even though the result was poor, it was fantastic and I’m buzzing.
Has Phil Parkinson done enough to convince you Sunderland are going up?
“I just want to provide goals and assists, helping the team get up into the play-offs and potentially automatic promotion. It’s a fantastic team that deserves to be in the Championship, so that’s the goal.”
The 20-year-old’s comments should be a positive to any Sunderland fan reading them, as he is displaying the kind of attitude that Parkinson will need from his players to maintain their promotion push.
His side have done excellently in recent weeks to turn around their poor form, but that belief will need to be maintained until May if Sunderland are to bounce back from disappointing defeats like the one at the weekend.
Semenyo is an exciting addition in the north-east, and he should produce the quality to match his good attitude.
He is highly rated at Bristol City and was presented with a new long-term contract last summer to reflect that, while he also made the most of a loan spell at Newport County last term, making eight goal contributions in 32 games in what was his first taste of senior football.
An ability to play across the front-three means he could slot in perfectly into a number of areas in Parkinson’s system, and that means he should have a positive influence on the team from now until the end of the season.
Semenyo is clearly ambitious and hungry to succeed, and that drive should help his teammates to succeed also, so much so that his target of promotion becomes a very realistic one.
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