Five things we learned: Talking points from Tuesday's BIG win

Sunderland let the goals fly against Tranmere Rovers as they hit their opponents for five at the Stadium of Light.

That was the first time the Lads had scored five at home in a league game since defeating Wolves 5-2 back in 2009.

Here are five things we learned about Sunderland’s emphatic victory. 


Phil Parkinson took to the dugout for the first time at the Stadium of Light and he was rewarded with a superb performance from his team.

He follows in the footsteps of eight bosses who have also enjoyed wins in their first Stadium of Light match.

Those winners include Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and Sam Allardyce who all experienced derby day delight against Newcastle in their first matches.

Overall, the record is eight wins, two draws and six defeats.


Though Sunderland don’t concede many goals, there can be no denying the frustration with fans that we are yet to keep a clean sheet.

Yes, there was a clean sheet against Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup but in the league, we were yet to keep an opposing team out.

That all changed against Tranmere though as Lee Burge kept out everything thrown at him and even had his post to thank for denying a goal early in the second half.


Watmore has had a terrible time with injuries over the last few years, but to see him score and get two assists will have no doubt put a smile on every Sunderland fans face. 

His goal was a peach as Will Grigg fed him down the right side of the box, teeing it up perfectly so that he could fire a low effort past Scott Davies in the Tranmere goal.

That means it is two in Watmore’s last two Stadium of Light games as he netted against Grimsby in the Leasing.Com Trophy. 

But it wasn’t just the goal that made it a good evening for Watmore, he also suppled a superb assist to Lynden Gooch after winning the free-kick which Chris Maguire smashed home. 


Chris Maguire loves the big occasions and he put himself all over the park in Phil Parkinson’s first home game.

He was rewarded with a goal as he struck a stunning free-kick from 20-yards out past the helpless Davies.

That was his fourth of the season as he added to his hat-trick scored earlier in the season against MK Dons. 


Will Grigg played splendidly from start to finish and even hit the post early in proceedings. 

He was not to be denied though as he netted the fourth goal against Tranmere after being set-up by Marc McNulty.

That goal was just what Grigg deserved and he could no doubt be the ignition to light his fire ahead of the winter months.

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