Ross Stewart is thrilled to be off the mark at Sunderland after the former Ross County star netted on his debut for the Black Cats.

The towering striker joined Sunderland in the winter transfer window after a promising spell at County, becoming the focal point in attack for the Staggies. He had been injured since December though and returned to the bench during the Stadium of Light side’s Papa John’s Trophy win over Tranmere last weekend.

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The former Staggies man is off the mark for Sunderland. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images )

On Wednesday, Stewart made it one trophy, one goal and one appearance via a looping header in the 2-0 League One win over Accrington Stanley. The former Ross County man was delighted to make a strong impact from the bench after a tough few months.

He said (Sunderland AFC): “I was really happy to get the three points and to be back playing, getting the goal as well. I have waited a long time for that debut and it couldn’t have gone any better.

“It’s been a really frustrating time trying to get back as I have had a couple of wee setbacks in there. But hopefully that is me back and I can help the team for the final push towards the end of the season.

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Pushing towards the end of the season. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“The manager said to me to have belief in myself, that I could go on and make an impact on the game. I was really happy to get the call as early as half-time and I went on with a smile on my face with being back playing.

“I’m really happy the result went our way and I was able to chip in with a goal. Balls into the box are something I thrive on with my height. My fitness still needs to get to where it needs to be but I have come down here to test myself.”

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