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Sinclair, signed from Hendon the day before, made an instant impact that cushioned the blow of losing leading marksman Danny Lloyd to Lincoln City on a full-time contract.
CONSUMER goods giant Unilever yesterday said strong sales in emerging markets such as China and India had cushioned the blow of soaring commodity prices.
But Sunderland fans will certainly feel that the pounds 20,000-a-week pay hike Bent has bagged will have cushioned the blow of swapping sixth-placed Sunderland's European challenge for a relegation fight with Villa.