Happy Mick raises three cheers.
Mick McCarthy was never in any doubt youngster Stephen Elliott would get goals, writes James Hunter.
McCarthy said: "Stephen is a good player ( we knew he could score goals and he has done at every level he has been at.
"Even though he had never been tried or tested at this level when we signed him, I was confident he would get goals and my chief scout Dave Bowman and first-team coach Ian Evans both hung their hats on him. He is proving to be a very good acquisition."
Elliott's brace and a debut strike from midfielder Darren Carter sealed a third straight win for the Black Cats and McCarthy said: "It has been a good week for us with nine points.
"The performances have been good too.
"On Saturday we were comfortable at 1-0 and then there was a penalty given which threw us off-kilter for a few minutes.
"Then we got a penalty which Preston will have felt, as we did with theirs, was a bit harsh.
"It was a great finish by Darren Carter following in when Stew's penalty was stopped."
Sunderland midfielder Carl Robinson was stretchered off in the 65th minute after a clash of heads and was taken to hospital as a precaution, although he was not kept in overnight.
That would suggest there is no serious damage.
McCarthy is unlikely, though, to pitch him straight back into the fray when Sunderland travel to Crewe in the Carling Cup tomorrow.
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|Publication:||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)|
|Date:||Sep 20, 2004|
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