Sunderland won their first competitive game of the 2019-20 season as they defeated Accrington Stanley 3-1 at the Wham Stadium in the Carabao Cup.
Jack Ross was delighted to see his team play with attacking intent and they were good value for their victory.
Here are a few talking points from the victory:
The only place to start when talking about Sunderland’s victory on Tuesday is the magnificent goal that star player Aiden McGeady scored to make the game 2-1.
He won the ball in the centre of the park before beating three defenders and slotting the ball past the keeper magnificently.
That goal was worthy of winning any game and it showed that McGeady is definitely over his injury problems that have plagued him since our 3-0 victory at Accrington back in April.
Charlie Wyke has missed the first two games of the season through injury, but he returned to the side from the bench on Tuesday and marked his return with a goal.
Sunderland were fending off some late pressure from the home side and they strung the hosts with a swift counter-attack where McNulty fed Wyke for a simple finish in front of the jubilant away fans.
That goal could hopefully be the spark for a partnership between the two strikers.
MCNULTY OPENS ACCOUNTY
Marc McNulty has been impressive in his first appearances for Sunderland and he finally got on the scoresheet with the opening goal against Accrington last night.
His superb finish was the culmination of a swift attacking move that left John Coleman’s defence dazzled.
To top of his performance, he set-up Wyke for the third goal – it was a superb showing from the Reading loanee.
While Sunderland may have won by two-goals, it must be said that Accrington Stanley played very well and were good value for their equaliser when they got it.
Coleman has built a team capable of competing in League One despite budgetary constraints and he deserves a lot of credit for building a side capable of competing with any side in the division.
The final main talking point from the game last is the tactical conundrum that faces the manager going forward.
Jack Ross has deployed three central defenders throughout pre-season, but he shifted to a back four on Saturday against Ipswich and against Accrington mid-week.
Will he go with four at the weekend against Portsmouth? It will be interesting to see.