FORMER Celtic star Aiden McGeady was praised by Sunderland boss Simon Grayson after his wonder goal in the 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

His equaliser against the London outfit was the 31-year-old winger’s third in as many games.

The Republic of Ireland international curled in a spectacular left-foot effort to rescue a point for the Championship side.

McGeady bounced back after passing up a glorious opportunity earlier in the contest when he blasted a shot wide of the post,

Idrissa Sylla put QPR ahead with a header eight minutes before the break, but McGeady levelled with another stunning goal.


The Black Cats haven’t won a league or Cup game in front of their own support since the middle of last December.

Gaffer Grayson said: “When we’re at home, we want to break that hoodoo and win games.

“I thought we started okay, but we knew the first goal would be important and we had a couple of decent opportunities before they scored.

“More times than not, Aiden McGeady will at least hit the target and make the keeper work. He’s quite surprised himself that he didn’t hit the target.

“With his experience and how he plays, he knows he’s going to make the odd mistake because he tries things other people can’t do or even attempt to do.

“But he’s always going to want to get on the ball. We had to be braver in the second-half and I thought Jonny Williams and Lewis Grabban both made an impact in the game from the bench.”

The point leaves Sunderland second bottom and three points from safety after 12 matches.

Grayson added: “It’s frustrating for everybody because we’re just desperate to win a football match. Whether it’s home or away, we want to be winning matches.

“With where we are at the moment at home, the first goal is always so vital. If we had got it, then it might have changed the whole perception of the ground.

“To be fair though, when we showed signs of playing with the right tempo, with and without the ball, the supporters were good.

“I know they’re frustrated with certain things when they go wrong, but that just happens in football.

“The players reacted well to the situation they got themselves into.”


David Potter’s new book Celtic The Invincibles 2016-17 is available now from cqnbookstore.com


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