While supporting Sunderland, it is a rarity that we will lose a match and have little to complain about. The 0-2 scoreline suffered last night at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday doesn't do us justice and there are plenty of positives to take away. Here are five things we learnt from last night's loss.
During an appearance on talkSPORT today, Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald admitted he will have to bring in another half a dozen players before the season starts.
Sunderland have spent a long time in the doldrums. Too long. But there has been lots to be proud of as it finally feels like it's slowly turning around.
Stewart Donald told our friends at Roker Report that Aiden McGeady wants to stay at Sunderland - which is arguably the biggest positive to come out of a summer of uncertainty.
Wigan fans have been purring about Darron Gibson's performance in a pre-season friendly against Tranmere yesterday.
Hartlepool will provide Sunderland's squad filled with want-aways and freebies a decent test this afternoon.
Despite things looking up since Stewart Donald took over, it is no secret that a majority of the current Sunderland squad want to leave, but but how many of these players would we even want to keep?
Nobody can accuse Sunderland of resting on their laurels and licking their wounds after enduring successive relegations that has seen them go from being a Premier League club to a League One team in the space of 12 months.
As Paddy McNair looks to leaving the Stadium of Light for pastures new, we examine why this actually may be a good thing...
From Mike Ashley to Loris Karius, here's my open letter to Stewart Donald. This football business can be an absolute laugh, right until a ball actually gets kicked.