PHEW! At last something to smile about.
After two substitutions in the first 20 minutes, then going behind to a wonder goal, I’m sure we all thought, “Here we go again!”
You can’t legislate for what happened to Bardsley, but questions must be asked regarding how or why Welbeck was declared fit to play after coming off only seven days earlier.
The first half was fairly even, but there was evidence of anxiety in the play.
The timing of the equaliser was critical and full marks to the Lads for the character and spirit shown. Like Glenn Miller losing his trumpet player and having to create a whole new “sound”, Brucey had to play without a recognised striker after Gyan went off.
The result was pint-sized Sessegnon playing up-front, with Malbranque just off him.
But the key for me was that we had to play the ball on the floor through midfield and we suddenly looked a different team, with outstanding efforts from Cattermole and Henderson.
Jordan so often gets into great positions in and around the box, but seems to lack self-belief to have a go for goal.
But the situation dictated on Saturday that he became much more positive and his two goals will, hopefully, give him some impetus for more.
He is an outstanding footballer who needs to be nurtured and hopefully, his recent dip in form is now behind him.
You could sense that the load had lifted after we went ahead and confidence began to come into the play.
Sessegnon had his best game yet, giving the gaffer food for thought concerning how we line up against Fulham next week.
To read the rest of the Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.