Ben Wilson thrilled with Sunderland debut
The stopper was handed the gloves by manager Martin O'Neill for the clash, replacing Simon Mignolet who missed out with a slight groin problem.
"I really enjoyed it out there," he told safc.com afterwards. "It was amazing to make my debut and anyone who manages to make a debut for Sunderland Football Club can't complain.
"Getting out there was absolutely brilliant. I took a good catch at my back post early on which really helped me.
"I'm so excited to have made my debut - I'll be telling my parents all about it when I get back and they will be over the moon."