Gary Rowell: If we'd paid £20m for Victor Anichebe we'd be thinking it was a bargain

Saturdays don't come much better than the one we've just had when virtually everything we wished for before the Hull game happened.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 2:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 1:02 pm
Jason Denayer showed what a good player he is for Sunderland by performing so well against Hull. Picture: Frank Reid.

The most important thing, of course, was the win, it was vital Sunderland got three points, but also we saw three great goals from two strikers on fire and a richly-deserved first clean sheet for Jordan Pickford which pleased me as much as anything.

There was also the bonus of seeing “The King”, Charlie Hurley, on the pitch before the game even started and maybe a bit of Charlie’s magic rubbed off on the team!

Saying all that though, I don’t think it was anywhere near a vintage performance. It was good enough to beat a poor Hull City team yes, but I’m sure David Moyes will be getting carried away, he’ll know there is still plenty of work to do and improvements to be made.

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Victor Anichebe has been a revelation since coming into the side by giving Sunderland somthing we have lacked all season, a physical presence up front and, with that, the players now have an out-ball, someone to play off, and I think Jermain Defoe, more than anyone, is enjoying that.

If Moyes had paid £20 million for a striker and he produced two performances like Aninchebe, we’d be thinking what a bargain!

He’s made a dream start to his Sunderland career with two wins from two starts and with three goals as well, it does not get much better than that for a player signed after the window closed.

I was also impressed with Jason Denayer. In his short Sunderland career, he has played full-back, centre-back and now on Saturday he did not look out of place in centre-midfield.

He looks the sort of player who managers love in that he gives everything wherever he is asked to play.

Sunderland’s season has finally started at long last thanks to back-to-back wins that I know will give the players an extra spring in their steps and give an extra edge to all the practivcal jokes in the dressing room as there is nothing that lifts team spirit more than winning matches.