After losing Darren Bent, the team performed brilliantly against a poor Blackpool side. Had we upped our game in the second half, we could have hammered them, but we seemed to be content with the two-goal lead.
Richardson was excellent in his role behind the striker. I’m not his biggest fan, but he played well and deservedly got two goals.
It was generally a good team performance – from Gordon, who made some magnificent saves, to Gyan, who never stopped working and put a lovely ball through for Richardson’s opener.
The penalty Blackpool were given was a joke. Onuoha stepped aside and the player just dived to the floor. I still don’t know why the referee gave it, but, fortunately, it didn’t make a difference in the end.
The defence otherwise played quite well, with Bramble and Ferdinand again looking solid.
The only worrying thing was the lack of options on the bench. No strikers, poor midfielders and, apart from Mensah, there were no decent defenders.
Hopefully Bruce will get at least a couple of players in before Chelsea. N’Zogbia, Muntari, Sessegnon and Fuller would be great additions. We must sign a striker, even if it’s just a stop gap until the summer as we can’t rely on Gyan for the rest of the season.
We now have a bit of a break to recharge the batteries and get some players in before the next match.
To read the rest of the Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.