Senderos happy to make debut

The Swiss centre-back, signed on a free transfer from Arsenal in

June 2010, has missed most of the campaign after tearing his

Achilles tendon just days before the new season. However, the

26-year-old stepped into the first team for the absent Brede

Hangeland at the Stadium of Light and admitted it had been a long

wait. Senderos told the club’s official website: “It took a little

while to find my feet, which is natural, but of course, this was a

good day all round. “I had waited a long time to make my debut for

the club and I’m delighted to have finally pulled on the shirt.

“But of course, it is never about individuals – the team performed

very well and in what was a difficult game we got the job done. I

think we showed a lot of character and quite often in football,

that can be the big difference.”