Could we ask for more than a 1-0 win at Aston Villa, a place where we often struggle? The latest post-match missive from Steve Bruce explains why the obvious answer, sadly, is yes …
For Match of the Day viewers, there was a miss, a goal, a couple of sendings off and not much else.
For Sunderland supporters, it was an important win on the road with a massive double downside.
Even on a busy Premier night, it seems perverse of the BBC to have ignored two worrying injuries as if they hadn’t happened.
We should know later just how bad they are but Danny Welbeck is potentially out for two months with a torn hamstring while, worse still, the highly promising David Meyler, pictured, appears to have ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament again so soon after recovering from the same injury.
Steve Bruce’s post-match thoughts include a renewed demand for what the French call la trêve, a winter break to ease demands on players’ bodies …
It was a great result and thoroughly deserved. I have to pay my defenders a compliment because another clean sheet has got us another victory on the road.
We had that bit of luck when Heskey hit the bar and maybe that was a turning point, but with the amount of chances we created in the second half I thought it was only a matter of time until we scored.
I didn’t think it would come from Phil, but it was a great strike. Also we had two or three other chances before that which could have gone in.
We have had a great time recently but the injuries we’ve picked up are the downside.
I’ve been saying it for a month now – if you ask players to play tired, you get injuries.
David Meyler’s the big one for me and I’m devastated for him. We think David has ruptured his ACL again which is terrible news.