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Bridcutt: Derby debut a dream

New Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt says he experienced a dream debut in the victory away to rivals Newcastle.

The deadline-day signing from Brighton made his bow for the Black Cats on Saturday as they enjoyed a third successive win over the Magpies for the first time in 91 years.

The 24-year-old Scotland international admits it was a surprise to start the game but says he relished the opportunity.

Bridcutt seemed to settle into the team well, producing a confident display over the full 90 minutes.

Bridcutt told the Sunderland Echo: "If someone tells you you're going to win 3-0 on your debut against Newcastle, you'll take that! I was straight in at the deep end really.

"Gus (Poyet) has brought me in here to have a great opportunity to play in the Premier League and it doesn't get any better than that - making your debut in a derby and winning 3-0.

"It was a bit of a shock, but it was a good surprise for me really.

"We got a clean sheet and that was a massive positive for us. We dominated the second half, particularly towards the end of the game. We could have had a few more opportunities to score."

Talking about his move to the north-east, Bridcutt said: "When you're given an opportunity to come to the Premier League and to a great club like Sunderland, with a manager like Gus, you're not going to turn it down.

"It took a while, but thankfully Brighton have given me a great opportunity to come here and show what I can do.

"But I'm glad it did and I can enjoy playing in the Premier League now."