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Quinn tonic; Sunderland 0 Leicester 0.

Niall Quinn stood head and shoulders above the rest, giving every sign that he can add a cutting edge to Sunderland.

The club's pounds 1.3 million signing came on as a sub. And, for the 39 minutes he was on the field, he showed the Roker faithful what they'd been missing, adding bite to what had been a lacklustre attack.

Admittedly Sunderland could not break a 12-year hoodoo and win an opening day home League match. The good news is that they should have.

The new boys, keeper Tony Coton and Quinn, knitted in neatly. But the basis of the team remains the one that won last seasons' First Division title.

The busiest man on the field seemed to be the referee, who booked eight players. But the key moment came on 51 minutes when Quinn came on.

With Quinn in full cry, Sunderland pounded the City goal in the final quarter. Quinn forced a save from goalkeeper Kasey Keller with a diving header and Paul Stewart saw the keeper tip his header over the bar.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Sugden, Dave
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 18, 1996
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