SUNDERLAND midfielder David Vaughan will be up against a side from his own country on Saturday – but geography will stop him treating the Swansea fixture as his own personal derby.
Swansea have the honour of being the Premier League’s only club to be based in Wales – the land of Vaughan’s birth.
Inevitably, he has been asked about the prospect of facing ‘his own’ so to speak, but there is no added excitement for him regarding this fixture.
For Vaughan’s birthplace is Abergele which is in the north of Wales and, with Swansea being at the opposite end, it would be like asking a player born in the north of England if he is really excited about playing the likes of Brighton or Southampton.
That is not to say he is not looking forward to the game at all.
On the contrary, he is viewing the Swansea clash as the ideal chance to get back to winning ways after last week’s loss at Chelsea.
He said: “I was born in North Wales. It is a bit of a distance from Swansea.
“It does not mean much to me when I play them. Many of my family are Wrexham fans.
“There is bit of rivalry between Wrexham and Swansea but nothing major. A sporting rivalry.
“It is just important we get back to winning ways.
“You want to get on runs and avoid the losing runs. Three points is in our thoughts next weekend.
“Swansea are a good footballing team. They keep the ball and play football in the right way.
“It will be a tough game for us because they will be full of confidence. We just have to keep up our recent good form.
“We are a different Sunderland
to the team which drew 0-0 at Swansea, even though we are much the same team. We can get a good result, I am sure.”
The 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge still rankles with Vaughan considering Sunderland had their chances to land a result, but the 28-year-old insists the positives from that game must be brought forward into the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
He added: “It was frustrating because we went to Stamford Bridge and could have taken something from the game.
“It was not to be, though, so we just have to keep our heads up and be proud of what we have done in recent months.
“We have to make that continue, starting with Swansea. Confidence is high in the squad at the moment.
“The level of performances have been good for us so we have to keep it up.
“Swansea at home will be a big game for us because we lost the last one.
“We have to get the points on the board because we have worked hard to climb up the table.
“We have to make sure we get the results in the next two games to make sure we are still looking up rather than down.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland have sent defender Louis Laing and forward Jordan Cook out on one-month loan deals.
The former joins Wycombe Wanderers, while the latter is off along the A69 to Greg Abbott’s Carlisle United. Cook is delighted to be given the chance of prospective first-team football saying: “I was excited when I heard the gaffer was interested in bringing me here and as soon as I had the nod from Martin O’Neill I could not wait to sign.
“For a young lad like me it is important to experience as much first-team football as possible, especially as I have been playing in the reserves at Sunderland for a few years now.
“I had a spell at Walsall last season which did me the world of good and I am hoping I will get more of the same during my time at Carlisle United.”