Sunderland’s impressive start to the season continued as they comfortably beat Swindon Town 2-0 at the County Ground yesterday.
In a game of few chances, it was the Black Cats who were more clinical, ensuring they remained in amongst the early promotion pacesetters. Maligned striker Charlie Wyke made it 1-0 to visitors in the 37th minute, finding space and converting a simple chance. Wyke has struggled for goals during his time on Wearside, but his finish settled any nerves fans watching at home might have had.
Veteran attacker Chris Maguire doubled the advantage 12 minutes after the restart, converting a penalty he earned himself. Mathieu Baudry brought the former Oxford man down, and he got up and sent the penalty straight down the middle to seal the points.
Baudry could have pulled one back from Jack Payne’s free-kick, but he headed wide, whilst Josh Scowen came close to making it three for Sunderland, but his shot was saved by the young keeper, Kovar.
The result leaves the Black Cats fifth in the table, with a game in hand which could see them ascend to third if they were to take all three points. Fans were undoubtedly delighted after the game, with plenty of reaction to pick through on social media.
The vitriol often aimed at Parkinson and misfiring strikers was gone, replaced with optimism, especially as many of their first-team defenders are injured and missing from the current starting XI. The best of their comments can be found below in an unusually optimistic and upbeat response.
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Can’t argue with that, considering the injuries which is a worry. Well done the lads👏👏👏
— Gav Newman (@gav_gavnewman) October 17, 2020
Good win considering our make shift Defence.
— mark marshall (@markmarshall17) October 17, 2020
Best performance of the season that. Well done
— Mark Burke (@MSBurkey) October 17, 2020
but Parky poor, parky this, wkye that……Marvelous what happens when we all on the same page. #KeepTheFaith
— Andy Coates (@andy_jackpot) October 17, 2020
Good win, a striker off the mark & another clean sheet. ✅✅✅ Grant Leadbitter has made a great start – a class above at this level. Enjoying the new stream presentation & commentary with @Frankie____ & Danny Collins too 👍👍..
— mDØN👨💻 (@mdon874) October 17, 2020
Get in there lads, dont you know pump it up, Sunderland's going up, still no goals conceded from open Play, undefeated, what will the moaners complain about this week I wonder?
— Mark The Mackem (@mark_j_cummins) October 17, 2020
Unreal performance from the lads today.
— Dan J (@IDanJI1) October 17, 2020
Very Convincing result, great performance
— Matty (@Mat1y0802) October 17, 2020
Good stuff lads
— Jacob🔴⚪️🔴⚪️ (@jacobcunliffe10) October 17, 2020