Opinion: 5 things we learned from Accrington away

Sunderland got back on track at the weekend as they defeated Accrington Stanley 3-1 at the Wham Stadium.

That was the Lads' fourth visit to the ground since the start of last season and it is a ground they have enjoyed playing at having won three times (the other game was abandoned).

The victory puts the Lads back in the play-off places and just two points off the top with a game in hand.


When Jordan Clark put Accrington Stanley ahead after five minutes, Jack Ross’ players knew that they were going to be in for a battle if they were to come away with three points from the match.

Fortunately, though, Denver Hume suppled Lynden Gooch just two minutes later, and the American fired a superb volley past Dimitar Evtimov in the Stanley goal to get the Lads level. 

That goal was just the catalyst the team needed to take control of the match and eventually leave a tricky looking fixture with a crucial three points. 


That was the motto Aiden McGeady employed when he put Sunderland ahead on 26 minutes.

The former Celtic player drove a superb effort from just inside the area into the top corner to put The Black Cats ahead in the match.

In doing so, he made sure that there was a discussion after the game as to who scored the better goal – him or his American team-mate.

Either way, McGeady pulled a stunning goal from nowhere to send the 2,000 plus Sunderland fans into ecstasy. 


One of the disappointments from the first month of the season was seeing new signing Marc McNulty go off injured against Portsmouth.

McNulty had started the season superbly and really put his marker down to say that he should be starting every game with three great performances.

His injury could have derailed him, but manager Ross has kept his faith in him and he was rewarded with the game clinching goal against Stanley.

Chris Maguire was brilliant in the build up and his fake shot fooled everyone, including the Stanley keeper, and he was able to play McNulty in who simply tucked the ball away into the open goal.


If there was to be one gripe for the Sunderland boss, then it is no doubt the fact that the team have yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

That run of games without shutting out the opposition continued on Saturday, but the manager must take heart from the fact that the Lads have generally been comfortable in seeing out games.

Ultimately if you are winning, does it really matter if you aren’t keeping clean sheets? 


Four wins, two draws and just one defeat represents a solid start for Sunderland, and the Lads are within a win of going top of the division.

Having played just seven games to top of the table Coventry’s eight, the Lads can go into the top position if they win their game in hand. 

With three more games to come this month, and two of them at home, Sunderland have a chance to really build some momentum heading into the winter.

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