WILL BUCKLEY hopes he can justify Gus Poyet’s faith, if he is indeed handed only his second Premier League start against Swansea City this weekend.
Buckley’s performance was one of the bright spots of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup elimination to Stoke City after the £2.5million summer signing was one of seven fringe players introduced to the side.
Head coach Poyet indicated afterwards that Buckley - along with fellow new boy Billy Jones - would keep their places in Saturday’s Stadium of Light clash against Swansea, as Sunderland continue their search for a first Premier League win of the campaign.
And if that proves to be the case, winger Buckley - who impressed on his previous top flight start against Manchester United - is eager to make the most of that opportunity.
Buckley said: “It (Poyet’s comments) was good to hear personally, but we were all disappointed with the result against Stoke and not getting to the next round.
“The weekend is a bigger prospect for us now.
“Obviously I’ve come here and I want to play. I’ve been bought to produce.
“Hopefully I can get minutes in the Premier League to show that. All the players who haven’t been playing are eager to play.
“As fringe players all we can do is prove we should be starting. Then it’s down to the manager who he picks.
“It’s the manager’s preference what he’s going to do on Saturday.
“I enjoyed Tuesday and hopefully I can produce even better performances than that.”
The visit of fifth placed Swansea is the first of two back-to-back top flight games at home, with Stoke returning to Wearside in nine days.
And Buckley admits Sunderland need to register at least one victory from the brace of encounters after taking a modest four points from the opening five games.
To do that though, Sunderland will need to improve on performances which have not been dismal, but have not been enough for Poyet’s side to break their duck.
Former Brighton man Buckley added: “We need to get off the mark and that will give us the confidence to go on and play better than we have done this season.
“We need to take our chances when they come. We gave away poor goals on Tuesday too and those are the main things we need to start putting right.
“We definitely need a win from one of these two. We go into every game thinking we can win.
“But we need one, and hopefully two.”