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INTERVIEW: Viktor Gyökeres reflects on late goal and Sunderland draw

The striker has started the season with a sublime opening-day strike...

31 July 2022

Viktor Gyökeres started his season with a bang as he fired home a late equaliser against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Last season's top scorer with 18 goals to his name, the Swede jinked past two defenders and whipped a fierce effort into the bottom corner to save his side a point.

Talking after the match, Gyökeres looked back on what was a stern test against Alex Neil’s Black Cats.

“We always go for the win, so we are a little bit disappointed with that. But overall, it’s a fair result," he said.

“They scored quite early and normally we are the ones to take the advantage and start off well, but they did first and it is hard to comeback when we are away from home, especially with the fans they have.

“In the last ten to fifteen minutes, we felt good. We got the momentum and we were chasing the next goal.

“They had the lead at 1-0 and they wanted to keep a hold of that and finish that way, but we came back and it was a good point for us.

“It’s nice to have that fight in the team and you have the confidence to do it again, but we want to control the game and not go 1-0 down.”

Looking ahead to the long season that awaits him and his teamamtes, Gyökeres continued: “It’s always nice to play in-front of a lot of fans, it was a good feeling.

“[Jonathan] Panzo was good with the ball, taking it forward and he had that shot that hit the bar and then obviously he got the assist for my goal.

“I started off today with one, so hopefully I can keep that going. I got a pass from Panzo, I turned and flicked it to the right and there was an error that allowed me to shoot.

“I think we have a good squad, so I think we can do well if we work hard. I feel good, the boys and even better now and we know each other even better now.”


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