Echo Jury: Ryan Doneathy looks back at Sunderland’s first win of the season

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A WIN at long last, although it didn’t come easy against a resilient Wigan side, who spent most of the second half with ten men after Jordi Gomez’s sending off.

It was a day of positives for us: first of all getting our first win, Steven Fletcher adding another goal to his tally as well as a solid performance, especially from the defence and our goalkeeper.

Fletcher is quickly proving to be worth every penny of the £12 million we spent, and he showed great instincts to get on the end of McClean’s shot-come-cross. He’s displaying his abilities as an all-round striker, who looks to be at the top of his game.

I was impressed with the back four, with Titus Bramble doing well enough deputising for Cuellar. Danny Rose looked promising too, and we have Simon Mignolet to thank for keeping us in the game. The Belgian made two fine saves in the first-half, with the second being a world class effort to deny Kone from putting Wigan in the lead.

A win was important, especially with Manchester City away next week. Hopefully the game filled the lads with confidence ahead of a tricky away fixture on Saturday.

To read the rest of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.