Van Aanholt "glad" to turn around bad fortunes
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Patrick Van Aanholt has said that he is "glad" that he has managed to turn around his poor form for Sunderland AFC

Poor start 

The Dutchman was one of the main culprits held accountable during Sunderland's miserable start to the campaign as a number of his errors proved costly and eventually saw ex-manager Dick Advocaat lose patience in the full-back. 

However since the arrival of Sam Allardyce the 25-year-old seems to have blossomed as he started three of the last four league matches playing in a left wing-back role which seems much more suited to his style of play. 

Sheer relief

Van Aanholt repaid the bosses faith in his ability as he got the crucial opening goal in the eventual 2-0 win over Stoke City which gave the Black Cats back-to-back victories for the first time this campaign having beaten Crystal Palace 1-0 on the Monday. 

After Saturday's victory Van Aanholt spoke honestly saying that he started the season "very badly" and believes that happens with "young players" coming to the Premier League. 

He added that he had his "ups and downs" but since the arrival of Allardyce he has given "everyone a chance" and is “glad" to be playing and get his "first Premier League goal.”

Young star 

Van Aanholt's long-range effort eight minutes from time on Saturday sent a sigh of relief around the Stadium of Light having been frustrated by a ten-man Stoke but the victory was sealed by youngster Duncan Watmore which meant that Sunderland climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time since the opening day. 

Having been praised by teammate Jermain Defoe earlier in the week Van Aanholt was the next to speak kindly of the youngster saying that he is a "good young player" and has got "potential" and is "quick" which allows him to "run at people."

The Dutchman added that he was "dangerous" and "made an impact" on the team and helped Sunderland "get the three points." 

Sunderland will be looking to make it three wins in a row when they travel to high-flying Arsenal on Saturday, December 5 with kick-off at 3PM BST.