Eight games in and early season favourites Sunderland are where everyone expected us to be - there or thereabouts. More specifically, we're five points adrift after winning 50% of our games, losing just the one in disappointing fashion against Burton Albion.
Setting aside last weekend, perhaps we can look to the next handful of fixtures thinking wins are afoot.
Next is Rochdale, who managed to stay up by just a point sealed on the last day of the season with victory over Charlton. They have looked a lot better this year already, however, in particularly decent form unbeaten in three and winning two. Okay, maybe not so easy then despite the bookies reckoning we're odds on to win at 19/20.
After that it's everyone's favourite football club Coventry. After winning promotion via the play-offs in 2017/18, they should be easy pickings - right? Well, two wins on the bounce away to Oxford United—who we struggled greatly against—and second favourites for the title Barnsley suggests otherwise. We all love live sports, and the best book makers for live streaming events can help you enjoy it just a little bit more, including this fixture which is live on Sky Sports. Helpful for those of us who can't get an away ticket.
Then comes Peterborough. Who have scored more than any other club in the division and were unbeaten until this weekend too. Portsmouth, who lead League One and are now the only unbeaten side, managed to beat them.
Okay, so to summarise there are no gimmie games in League One (or at least not in the next three games). So 'sluggish' Sunderland needs to pack it in or our stay in the third tier of English football will last longer than we want, and Juan Satori's 2-3 year plan would sound very stupid. It's nice to dream, but does anyone really think we'll be in the Premier League that quickly?
Anyway, back to Sunderland's promotion chances. At the start of the season we were 3/1 favourites to win the league. Right now, we are still 3/1 favourites to win the league. Interesting, considering that we haven't looked like champions up to now.
Though, in my disappointment over performances am I forgetting what the main expectation of this season was? I recall saying to the lad I go to the matches with that reaching the play offs would be a success. We're forth, so within my own expectations we're on track for a successful season.
We're Sunderland though, get me out of League One please.