Sunderland defeated Burnley last night in the Carabao cup to earn themselves another Premier League tie in the third round against Sheffield United.
The victory was a deserved one, as Jack Ross’ men put out an accomplished performance against Sean Dyche’s team.
Here are five main takeaways from the victory:
Sheffield United will welcome Sunderland to Bramall Lane next month with the Black Cats looking to win again against Premier League opposition.
The Blades won their League Cup game 2-1 against Blackburn Rovers with Richard Stearman and Oliver Norwood getting the goals.
Sunderland have not defeated Sheffield United since January 2005, where we won 1-0 thanks to a Marcus Stewart goal.
TOP FLIGHT SCALP
Yes, last night was the first time in our history that we have faced a side two divisions above us in a competitive fixture.
That stat might sound crazy, but it really isn’t when you consider that we are only spending our third season outside the top two divisions.
It is fair to say that Will Grigg was in desperate need of a spark for his season and he got exactly that last night with a clinical finish to level the game at one-one.
The ball came to him via a deflection, but he had the composure to steady himself and fire the ball into the top corner past stopper Joe Hart.
Grigg deserved the goal and he was a menace to the Burnley defence all evening because of his work rate and hold-up play.
DOBSON OFF THE MARK
George Dobson opened his account for Sunderland last night with a beautifully taken goal early in the second half.
The Lads had just taken the lead when a well worked corner saw Luke O’Nien tee up Dobson, who calmly slotted the ball into the far-right corner from just inside the penalty area.
It was a deserved goal for the lively Dobson and one for him to build on over the coming weeks.
And the final major talking point – Sunderland have won five straight games in all competitions.
Yes, after starting the season with two draws, the Lads have built on that in impressive fashion putting themselves joint top of the division and into the third round of the Carabao Cup.
This weekend the team have a chance to make it six wins against Peterborough before taking two weeks off because off the international break.
And what better way to enter the break than with eight games unbeaten and six straight victories?