Mick pleased with win

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Mick McCarthy has expressed delight at the professional manner of Sunderland's win over Northwich in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Black Cats took time out from their league troubles and produced a polished display to dispose of the Conference North side.

Asked if it was the win or the manner of it that mattered most, McCarthy replied: "It's the victory.

"It was all we could do, win the game. We weren't ever going to take any credit out of it because we had to win and we were expected to win, which we have done.

"Yes, the manner of it was pleasing, but there's never been any question about the attitude of the players. I was never worried about that at all.

"It was a good cup tie. I don't think it ever looked like there was ever any danger of being an upset, but having said that, Kelvin Davis made three very good saves to my recollection.

"Mind you, their keeper made one or two saves as well and we had missed opportunities."

Neil Collins, Dean Whitehead and Anthony Le Tallac found the target, but McCarthy feels it is only a matter of time before Jon Stead breaks his duck.

"I'll tell you what he has to do, he just has to keep playing like he's playing and doing what he's doing and causing defences problems, and he will get one," stated McCarthy.

"He's proved he can score at Premiership level and he will do because he keeps getting chances, he keeps creating chances and he made the keeper work on a number of occasions.

"He will get one. I'm not worried, he's playing well."