Echo Jury: Tom Usher reflects on last night’s outstanding away success

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A RESULT like that really made the trip down to Wigan on a school night worthwhile.

It was a different type of enjoyment than that of the Man City game but no less satisfying. It was arguably more important to take all three points than against City as there is more expectation to beat teams like Wigan.

There were definitely some tired legs out there, but the lads fought admirably. At half-time, it certainly did not look like the game would pan out the way it did. The scoreline probably flattered us a little bit, but I won’t lose much sleep about that.

There is a stark contrast between how O’Neill has us playing now to what we were like earlier in the season.

The fact that three of our goals came from players who struggled to get games under Bruce speaks for itself. Gardner’s goal was an absolute stunner and he’s not half doing a decent job at right-back. Vaughan’s goal was another screamer and James McClean, who couldn’t get on the bench with Bruce in charge, not only scored but was man of the match.

Top half of the table is just rewards for the effort and the Mags will be looking over their shoulders from now on. Perfect.

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