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Craig Gordon Delighted With Sunderland's Progress After Superb Save & Clean Sheet Against Bolton Wanderers

Craig Gordon has expressed his delight with Sunderland's 1-0 defeat of Bolton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light.

Gordon, whose season has been blighted by a number of injuries performed impeccably to keep out Owen Coyle's side, as Sunderland continued their fine defensive record, that has seen them move up to sixth in the table as well as maintain the most clean sheets in the league.

The Scotland international told Sky Sports News: "It's been a great start for us, everybody has stepped up to the plate, everybody coming into the squad has played their part and I think that's three clean sheets on the bounce.

"We've had so many injuries in the defensive part of the team, to keep grinding out clean sheets and one-nil victories, I think we've got the most in the league so we're going along nicely and we're hoping to keep it going until the end of the season.

"We keep the targets very short. It's a cliche but we'll take each game as it comes but the target stays the same, we've got a difficult time over Christmas, a lot of games and the squad is going to be tested again but we've got a good squad here and we're looking forward to it."

Gordon pulled off a magnificent save on the stroke of half time to keep out Zat Knight's point blank strike but the 'keeper claimed that the three points were more important.

He said: "It was probably the only real save I had in the game and I managed to get a good, solid hand on it back across to my left hand and thankfully it was enough to knock it over the bar.

"That's what we're there for, it was a good save and it was important at the end that we got the three points and that's what makes making a save like that more important."

Bolton nearly equalized at the death, but substitute Ivan Klasnic failed to convert a number of fine chances and Gordon claimed that it was a slice of luck that Sunderland probably deserved.

He said: "[Ivan] Klasnic had a great chance right at the death, I think he's just a bit early on it, it's hit his toe and gone back to where it had come from so we got a bit of a life there but we'll take the good luck when it's coming our way."

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