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Chopra hopes for Sunderland acceptance

Michael Chopra hopes his winner yesterday has convinced the last of the doubters about his move to Sunderland.

The former Newcastle United striker told Sky Sports: "I was disappointed not to start but I was desperate to get on the pitch and get a goal.

"It's always pleasing to score on your debut and I managed to do that.

"I was desperate to do that, especially being a Geordie from Newcastle coming to Sunderland. I was desperate to get a goal and show the Sunderland fans I want to be here.

"I think they love me now," he joked.

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