Talking points: Five takeaways from Blades victory

Sunderland continued their good start to the season with a 1-0 Carabao Cup victory against Sheffield United last night earning themselves a place in the last 16.

Jack Ross’ side were superb throughout the contest and thoroughly deserved the victory against their Premier League opponents. 

Here are five takeaways from the victory:

First time Sunderland have beaten two Premier League sides before October since 2009

This is a bit of a mind-blowing stat when you consider that we were a Premier League side until the 2016-17 season.

But yes, Sunderland have now beaten more Premier League sides before October this season than they have in their previous seven Premier League campaigns.

Testament to Jack Ross and his team, this stat just shows how well the team have played in the Carabao Cup this season against higher division opponents. 

Lynch and De Bock impress

Joel Lynch and Laurens De Bock were both given their first starts last night and were mightily impressive from first to last minute.

Lynch marshalled the defence and gave Blades striker Lys Mousset barely a sniff throughout the course of the game.

De Bock was rarely troubled down the left and looked assured when defending and with the ball.

Both players will hope that their performances last night are a sign of things to come as we head into the long mid-season stretch. 

Max Power's screamer

We all know what Max Power is capable of and he showed it last night with arguably his best goal since joining the club last summer.

The midfielder picked the ball up just outside the area and pinged a wicked shot past Simon Moore to put the Lads into the hat for the next round.

Confidence will surely be flowing now for the former Wigan player and he will hope it is enough to put him in the starting XI on Saturday against MK Dons. 

Clean sheet

Lee Burge can be delighted with his work last night and his defence were rewarded with their first clean sheet of the season.

Defensively the team were outstanding, and Burge optimised that with his strong command of his box and a string of good saves.

Oxford next

The football gods were either kind or cruel depending on your point of view when it came to the cup draw last night.

Sunderland were drawn with Oxford United away from home, meaning they missed out on potential glamour ties against Premier League sides like Manchester City, but were given a greater chance of progressing to the next round by drawing a side in their division.

It also means that we will be away from home for the fourth time in the Carabao Cup this season.

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