Adam Johnson played a big role – Dick Advocaat

PRAISE ... Dick Advocaat and Adam Johnson, right.
PRAISE ... Dick Advocaat and Adam Johnson, right.

ADAM JOHNSON made a key contribution to Sunderland’s crucial victory at Everton, insists Dick Advocaat.

Johnson came off the bench at Goodison Park to inject fresh life into Sunderland’s attacking ranks after the Black Cats had been pinned back in their own territory following Danny Graham’s opening goal early in the second half.

The £10m winger set up Jermain Defoe’s goal that doubled Sunderland’s advantage and rubber-stamped a huge three points in the survival fight for Advocaat’s side.

Advocaat said: “I was really happy with the way Johnson came in. He did excellent.

“He kept the ball, he’s quick and he knows the game.

“Missing that kind of player is a big blow for us, but he did well.”

It was only Johnson’s, pictured, second appearance in a Sunderland shirt since being charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 years old, plus one offence of grooming.

Johnson is expected to still be in the squad for this weekend’s crunch encounter against Leicester, where victory could confirm Sunderland’s Premier League status.

But the 27-year-old is due to appear at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court next week on Wednesday, May 20 – the day of Sunderland’s penultimate game of the season at Arsenal.