Malcolm Dawson writes…..this was a game that rarely got the pulses racing but was decent enough entertainment I thought. I suppose you’d have to say there was a reasonable crowd there but not that many that there was any need to queue for the loos or park miles away from the ground. But there were still a few who felt it necessary to get up and go five minutes before the half time and full time whistles. Perhaps they didn’t know about the extra point penalty shoot out but there were still some who stayed for the first three or four then left before the result was decided!
This is still a competition with a chance of getting to Wembley. I’ll be interested to see how the crowds develop if we were to progress and the chance of a trip to the capital were to become a distinct possibility.
Jack Ross made it clear how he sees this competition and used the game as an opportunity to give some of our summer signings, Flannagan, McGeuch, Wyke and surprisingly and encouragingly Sinclair some match fitness whilst also taking a look at a few of the academy graduates in a match situation. I was there. Pete Sixsmith was there and a match report will follow in due course. For now you have my seven word summary.
Sept 4 Sunderland 0 (0)  Stoke City U21s 0 (0)  *Decent workout for young guns and recoverees
Sept 1 Sunderland 1 (0) Oxford United 1 (1 ) Poor first half, dug in well second
Aug 25 AFC Wimbledon 1 (1) Sunderland 2 (0) Teams gain promotion with wins like this
Aug 22 Gillingham 1 (1) Sunderland 4 (3) Wrapped up in an explosive 15 minutes
Aug 19 Sunderland 3 (3) Scunthorpe United 0 (0) Iron pummeled as three lusty blows delivered
Aug 16 Carabao Cup: Sunderland (0) 0 Sheffield Wednesday (1) 2 Result disappointing but plenty to enthuse about
Aug 11 Luton Town (0) 1 Sunderland (1) 1 Played well in patches against solid opposition
Aug 4 Sunderland (0) 2 Charlton Athletic (1) 1 A great day for club and academy
July 21 St Mirren (0) 0 Sunderland (2) 6 * Cracking results like this will suit fine
July 17 Grimsby Town (0) Sunderland (1) 1 *Gooch’s header from Maguire’s cross settles matters
July 14 Hartlepool United (1) 1 Sunderland (0) 1 Yet to see anything to inspire confidence
July 10 Darlington (1) 1 Sunderland (0) 0 Embarrassing