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Paddy McNair happy to give Sunderland fans something to sing about

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland star Paddy McNair is determined to continue showing Sunderland fans his quality after inspiring his new side to a vital win with a stunning two goal display.

The 21-year-old had never scored a senior goal until Tuesday night but, after netting to equalise against QPR at Loftus Road, the man from Ballyclare doubled his tally to earn Sunderland and manager David Moyes a place in the last 16 of the EFL Cup

The midfielder's composed finishing inside the box led to the away fans singing 'Paddy McNair, he scores when he wants!'

While his goalscoring was hailed by Moyes, and no doubt watched with interest by Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers, McNair's general play was excellent.

The ex-Manchester United starlet, who moved from Old Trafford in the summer after the Euro 2016 finals, was delighted to get on the scoresheet and hopes for more good performances in the weeks amd month to come.

Moyes would do well to start McNair at home to Crystal Palace tomorrow, when Sunderland will hope for their first Premier League victory of the season.

McNair explained: "It was difficult during the first weeks after I came from Manchester United where I hadn't had a pre-season, so I'm just been trying to get going and it was also a big change.

"I want the fans to be patient with me but hopefully I've shown what I can give the team.

"We have two big games coming at home (Palace and West Brom) and hopefully we can take six points before heading into the international break."

On his man of the match display versus QPR, McNair stated: "It was a good night for me personally but also for the team, and I think we deserved to go through to be honest.

"It was brilliant celebrating with the fans and we had great support so it was great for them to see us win."

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