'Best player in the world!': Sunderland fans hail 'immense' talent after stunning Rochdale triumph
Sunderland fans have been quick to react to the stunning win over Rochdale – and had special praise for one man in particular.
The Black Cats put their visitors to the sword in a clinical display, and fans were full of praise for the performance and the impact of Phil Parkinson post-match.
And they reserved plenty of plaudits for two-goal hero Lynden Gooch, who shone once again.
Here’s what they were saying on social media:
@DanMeister1234 said: “Lynden Gooch is my guy!! What an immense and important player. I supported him through his bad patch last year because I know what a quality player he is!! So pleased that he’s showing it now!!”
@Phillip_RJ89 posted: “This is much more like it. Confident, positive play. At home, this is the way we should be approaching games.”
@JasonBrahhhh joked: “If Gooch isn't the best player in the world who is?”
@forsterchris0 tweeted: “Gooch playing brilliant again. The gooch we know and love”
@georgesparents added: “Has to be up there with Wycombe for best 45 minutes of the season for SAFC. They’ve been absolutely ruthless there. High-press and energy has been brilliant against Rochdale’s attempted football from the back. Gooch and Maguire’s work-rate superb!!”
@N4THANSAFC said: “Announce the title”
@killermill3r tweeted: “I can see us in two years time, 74th unchanged line up in a row, 74th win in a row, Maguire banging us to the top of the Prem”
@Ian_Crow3 posted: “Dont remember Rochdale having a shot. Down the wings we win everything and they are struggling with the balls into the box”
@jburt13_ commented: “Have they been in our penalty area yet? Genuine question. Never seen anything as dominant as that...”
@Leech27Tom said: “Defence looks as solid as ever. And we have been lethal yet again. That press is Killing Rochdale homework done by PP. class lads!!! Joy to watch at the minute”
@lm_stacey1 added: “Don't think a manager in my lifetime has turned it around the way Parky has”
@buntingfootball posted: “O'Nien and Maguire's link up tonight has been excellent. Always finding eachother, O'Nien playing in a free role and always finding space to go and attack”