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Sunderland's Gardner: Fletcher worth every penny of transfer fee

Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner hailed two-goal Steven Fletcher after victory over Wigan Athletic.

Gardner waxed lyrical about his colleague and admitted he's delighted to see Fletcher doing well at Sunderland.

After the game at the DW Stadium, Gardner told safc.com: "He's just showed why he's worth the money that was paid for him.

"To have scored 10 goals at this point in the season is phenomenal.

"If someone like [Wayne] Rooney, [Lionel] Messi or [Robin] van Persie had scored those goals you would never stop hearing about them for months.

"I wish Fletch would get the same recognition because he's different class."

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