Sunderland welcome Lincoln to the Stadium of Light this weekend for a top of the table clash. A win would see the Black Cats go 5 points clear of our promotion rivals in the league table. Will Lee Johnson’s men manage to keep the pressure on the top 2 and solidify our 3rd place standing? Let’s have a look…
After Wembley disappointment in 2019, we went to Accrington to concentrate on promotion from the league and after Wembley glory in 2021, we went to Accrington to concentrate on promotion from the league. Let’s just hope I don’t have to repeat the same sentence in two years’ time (unless Accrington have somehow found their way to the Championship)
Another comfortable win, another comfortable clean sheet. Yesterday's win over Accrington was important to continue our fine form and ensure there was no metaphorical hangover from Wembley.
'It's only the EFL Trophy' isn't the point, this felt like a cornerstone moment in the history of Sunderland AFC as we embraced a new era of success. If we follow this up with promotion, this game will mark the moment the club's fortunes changed.
I woke up on Tuesday with an unfamiliar feeling of nervousness in my gut, a feeling that I hadn’t felt for a while but a feeling, nevertheless, I’d missed in a lot of ways. There was a sense of hope and expectation about this game that we had yet to feel since our relegation in to League One. Could we go to a promotion rival and put on a performance to show that we meant business, a broadcast if you will, in front of the Sky cameras to show that Sunderland AFC were on their way back?
Just a couple of months ago the playoffs felt like the ceiling for Sunderland. An injection of consistency into our form has meant that is now the floor with the Lads just two points from automatic promotion. Yesterday's victory at Fratton Park, for the first time this millennium, was a continuation of that form.
Rochdale came to the Stadium of Light without scoring a goal in their past 5 games, their management and fanbase talking about how unlucky they have been in recent results despite good performances and as well as that, they sat at the bottom of the table. In the recipe of all things typically Sunderland, that often means that this Rochdale team would rock up and take the 3 points yesterday.
Another win and, more astonishingly, another clean sheet. That's four wins in five games with a clean sheet featuring in all of those victories. Championship, anyone?
Charlie Wyke once again secure three points for a Sunderland side clearly struggling with injuries at the back. It's a massive win the context of the league - here is our Player Ratings & Comments feature....
The good vibes couldn’t last forever could they?