Opinion: Five things we learnt against Wimbledon...

Sunderland picked up yet another win yesterday as they comfortably dispatched AFC Wimbledon at the Stadium of Light 3-1.

Chris Maguire stole all the headlines, and rightly so, as he bagged his first hat-trick in red and white.

The win leaves Sunderland fourth in the table, but level with five other clubs at the top of the table with 11 points.

Here are five talking points from the victory:

FOUR ON THE TROT

After drawing the first two games of the 2019-20 season, Sunderland have now won four straight matches in all competitions.

That run started with a 3-1 away victory at Accrington and was followed by successive 2-1 victories against Portsmouth and Rochdale.

Wimbledon tried their best to frustrate Sunderland and were indeed level at the break, but their resistance was never going to be enough as the Lads ran out comfortable winners.

This run of four straight wins is the longest we have enjoyed since March where we defeated Bristol Rovers twice, dismantled Gillingham and defeated Plymouth.

MAGUIRE TREBLE

Jack Ross made the inspired decision to play Chris Maguire up front with Charlie Wyke and he was repaid for that with a hat-trick.

Maguire was in fine form from the off against Wimbledon and began the scoring with the loveliest of finishes inside the first 10 minutes.

He added a second from range – via a deflection – to put Sunderland 2-1 ahead before sealing the victory with a header late on.

It was the second hat-trick of his career after he scored three against East Fife in the Scottish Cup for Aberdeen in 2011.

CLIMBING THE LEAGUE

Our victory on Saturday coupled with results elsewhere meant that the Lads jumped to fourth in the division level with all the sides above them.

Ipswich Town currently lead the division after they destroyed hapless Bolton 5-0, but Sunderland are on their tails with only goal difference separating the sides. 

A THOUGHT FOR WEDNESDAY

After the game on Saturday, Jack Ross admitted that he may make some changes for the game against Premier League Burnley on Wednesday night.

This is Sunderland’s first taste of Premier League opposition since Ross came to the helm and it will be a good measuring stick for the manager to see where his squad is at. 

It will be interesting to see who the gaffer puts into the team to try and get a positive result at Turf Moor. 

WOMBLE WOES

Sunderland squeezed past Wimbledon on two occasions last season but they were more than comfortable on Saturday as they eased to victory.

The result leaves the Dons just outside the relegation places with just one point from their opening five fixtures.

Wally Downes, though, can take heart from the fact that his side have played Rotherham, Fleetwood, Ipswich and Sunderland who are all likely to be in the promotion mix come the end of the season.

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