Beating fellow strugglers is a start, not a transformation. But Sunderland fans can allow themselves a huge sigh of relief this morning – and dare to hope that the corner has been turned at last …
Salut! Sunderland is tucking into some humble pie with nothing short of relish.
We demanded nothing less than a win and got one. We hoped the victory would be convincing and it was – see this link. We admitted for the first time that yet another failure, even a draw, would raise questions about Steve Bruce’s managership. And that failure didn’t materialise.
Well, one thumping win does not mean everything is fine. There remains much to do. Our fear was that if it didn’t come last night, against the only team we’ve managed to beat away from home, it was hard to see where it might come at all.
The team delivered. Bruce is entitled to take credit for winning displays just as he has to accept the brickbats for the woeful performances we have seen all too often this season.
Pete Sixsmith will have plenty to say in his match report, which is keenly awaited.
For now, it is enough to salute a highly impressive result, applaud Fraizer Campbell for getting the victory on its way and so early, admire Darren Bent for producing a hat-trick just when it was most needed and recognise Bruce’s right to feel the vindication starts here.