THE WIN over Wigan has put a completely different slant on the start of the season.
After drawing the first four games, supporters didn’t know whether to be happy or depressed.
But now, people can see it is a decent start, particularly when you consider the game in hand is a very winnable one at home to Reading.
If that had been played and Sunderland had taken three points, they would be seventh in the table now. That’s a massive thing to think about.
Reading might come and beat us, but it’s one you would expect Sunderland to win.
So Sunderland are in a bit of a false position.
The even more encouraging thing for me, is that although we have made a decent start, we still haven’t played anywhere near our full potential yet.
I am convinced there is still so much more to come from this team.
You could look at every game Sunderland have played this season and say they could have performed better.
For all Steven Fletcher is doing well, our two most creative players are Stephane Sessegnon and Adam Johnson.
On Saturday, there were the first signs that Sessegnon is beginning to get back to the form he showed last season, but he’s still not there yet.
Meanwhile, Johnson is still to be fully integrated into the team and get back to full fitness.
Those are two of our most dangerous players and then you can consider Phil Bardsley and Wes Brown too, who haven’t featured at all yet.
When you throw into the mix that Sunderland are in the last 16 of the League Cup with a home tie, it just underlines that we are in a pretty good position.
READ the full Gary Rowell column in Tuesday’s Echo