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Wednesday 20 Feb 2019
Will Grigg and Tom Flanagan on target in Black Cats' win

Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg scored his first goal for Sunderland as the Black Cats moved into third place in League One table following their 4-2 success over Gillingham last night.

The 27-year-old, making his fourth appearance for the Wearside outfit, converted from the penalty spot in the 66th minute and afterwards thanked regular penalty taker Aiden McGeady for allowing him to get off the mark. 

“It's nice to get the penalty and fair play to Geeds [Aiden McGeady] for letting me have it,” Grigg told, “It was a brilliant feeling.

“I’ve scored plenty in my career, I tend to stay pretty calm in those situations - you have to block everything out.

“I’ve always said that if I keep getting in the right areas, it will come. I’ve proved that year after year. 

“I do think I’ve actually been playing quite well,” added Grigg, “My overall game has been OK and if I keep getting in the right areas and keep getting those chances, I’ll keep scoring goals.”

Also on target in that game was Northern Ireland defender Tom Flanagan who recorded his first goal since joining Sunderland from Burton Albion in the summer. 

Elsewhere in League One, Billy Kee chalked up his 12th goal of the campaign as Accrington Stanley secured their first league win since Boxing Day after a 4-2 home win over relegation-threatened Oxford United.  

Loanee Paul Smyth had another excellent game for Stanley providing a cross for the home side’s third goal to register his second assist in two games. 

Winger Gavin Whyte was absent from the Oxford United line-up due to having stitches in a head wound he picked up in Saturday’s home reverse to Peterborough United.

However, former Glenavon midfielder Mark Sykes, who was making his league debut for the visitors, was an impressive performer for United capping his debut with an assist for United’s opening goal.