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Nacho Scocco has told how fitness is his priority, not the Capital One Cup Final, although that's nice too.

Paul Thomas

Weekend debut-maker Nacho Scocco has spoken of his delight at finally making his Sunderland bow in the 1-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup, but has stressed he's focusing on getting fully fit rather than looking ahead to the Capital One Cup final with Manchester City.

In speaking with The Journal, the Argentinian said;

Wembley to me, even for me, is special. It will be the most important game when there is a cup at the end. But right now it is going week to week. The Arsenal game is next and that is the most important.

I am getting fitter all the time. I had to show the manager I am sharp and I am ready. I have had two months without a competitive game, he needed to see that I could play. Playing 70 minutes has helped me to show the manager what I can do.

Scocco certainly did his chances of being included on a regular basis with a reasonable performance on a difficult day. He worked hard throughout the game with Southampton, even if he didn't quite manage to work many chances or see as much of the ball as he perhaps would have liked, but all that will come in time.

The striker also spoke about settling in on Wearside. Having spent his career so far in the warmer climbs of Argentina, Brazil and the UAE among other places you can understand things may be a bit of a culture shock, but explained the presence of Santiago Vergini and Oscar Ustari are helping him.

Scocco also provided a little more on where he is best suited, having shifted all across the front line in his debut against the Saints;

It has helped having two other Argentinians in Santiago (Vergini) and Oscar (Ustari). This was important to settle in and for my confidence. It will help us to learn English faster.

I can play anywhere across the attacking line, but I like to play more through the middle, where I feel I am at my best.

I have liked working with Gus Poyet so far, he has been very good for me. I have spoken to him many times, he has told me how I needed to catch up with everyone else.

As stressed, Scocco had a decent debut if not a spectacular one. Certainly he showed enough to leave supporters encouraged that there is a good player there, and that he can make a difference for us once settled in.