I think deep down I always expected Sunderland to do well this season. However, after a summer of mass change and uncertainty - coupled with deep-seeded pessimism after the club's recent history - I expected a much more humbling set of results to start the season. Particularly given our first three games were against League One sides expected to have a reasonable campaign. What a start it has been.
Now we travel to the Prestfield Stadium in a bid to extend our unbeaten start to the season to four and, preferably, make it three wins from our opening four league matches. And you better believe we have a chance.
With that in mind, I doubt we'll see much change in who takes to the field.
I've put nine of the eleven who tore apart Scunthorpe as certain starters for today. Picking out a few highlights, Max Power is already looking like the signing of the summer. Absolutely love how this bloke plays and he seemed to compliment Lee Cattermole's less mobile influence perfectly.
Honeyman, as club captain, will continue to drive Sunderland's attack - giving the front three of Maguire, Gooch and Maja as much of the ball as possible. It's going to be difficult for those close to returning from injury to break apart a very successful attacking trio (including Charlie Wyke and Aiden McGeady).
Once upon at time I had nearly the entire starting eleven questioned when doing these last season. Now, there only looks to be two positions up for grabs - which is great for consistency.
Adam Matthews is expected to miss out due to a knock and it looks a straight fight between the returning Donald Love and Reece James as to who replaces him. I expect James to get the nod. He had a good game against Sheffield Wednesday and whilst this would be an unnatural flank for him, Love has missed the last few games due to injury.
Cattermole put in an old-school Catts performance against Scunthorpe and it feels likely he will get another chance to impress today. Dylan McGeouch will probably make the bench, but it seems a bit hasty to throw the summer signing straight into the mix. Though I suspect he will make his Sunderland debut in the second half.
Today's expected line up;
McLaughlin, James, Loovens, Baldwin, Oviedo, Cattermole, Power, Honeyman, Gooch, Maguire, Maja