Opinion: Five talking points from Saturday's win

Sunderland picked up their fifth victory of the season on Saturday thanks to a 2-1 victory against MK Dons at the Stadium of Light.

That victory has kept the team right on pace for the top two and continued their fine start to the campaign that has included two victories against Premier League sides in the Carabao Cup.

Here are five things we learned from the victory at the weekend:


When Jack Ross took charge of Sunderland prior to the 2018-19 season, he was inheriting a side that had won just three home games the previous season.

In fact, the Black Cats had won just six of their previous 42 home games, losing 24 in the process.

Now though, the Lads have managed to lose just one of their previous 28 home games.


Max Power has found another level in the past week, scoring two goals worthy of winning goal of the season.

His winner against Sheffield United was then topped by a screamer on Saturday against MK Dons.

The technique and power of the strike was something to behold and the Stadium of Light was stunned by the goal that came from nothing.


Luke O’Nien has started the season in superb form but the one thing lacking for him has been a goal.

He managed to get his first of the season on Saturday as he delightfully dinked the goalkeeper, with the ball only just creeping over the line.

That goal would have been a huge boost for O’Nien as he acclimatises to playing further up the field after establishing himself as a full back last season.


Just under 30,000 people came to the Stadium of Light on Saturday which made it the biggest crowd in the Football League.

The next closest attendance came at Derby, who had over 28,000 to see their 3-2 win against Birmingham City.

Our attendances this season rank second overall in the Football League behind Leeds United.


Ipswich Town are currently the runaway leaders at the top of League One and they continued their fine start to the season with another victory on Saturday against Tranmere Rovers. 

Behind them is Wycombe Wanderers who are surprising every team in the division, and they won again on Saturday 3-0 at Rochdale.

Sunderland though are on their coattails, and a victory in their game in hand would put them level with second place Wycombe Wanderers. 

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