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We looked leggy - reinforcements are needed! Quick Kicks from Sheff Wed 1 Sunderland 1

A hard fought 1-1 draw in South Yorkshire raised several interesting points - but was that hard-earned point, or an opportunity lost?

Bury v Sunderland - Carabao Cup First Round Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

The lads look tired

Perhaps the biggest take from yesterday’s game was just how leggy we looked in the second half. Whilst the continuity with the team selection has been nice, it’s clear that the players were tiring quickly having pressed and harried Sheffield Wednesday for the entire game.

We play again on Saturday and it’s maybe a chance for Simon Grayson to make a tweak here and there in order to ensure we aren’t running ourselves into the ground after an hour of football.

Galloway continues to struggle

I don’t mean to hammer the lad but he’s really not performing well enough, is he?

Effort - spot on. Commitment - spot on. Ability to play left back - I’m not so sure.

It’s maybe time to bring in Bryan Oviedo on Saturday. At home we’re expected to take on our opponent more than we perhaps did last night and it’ll probably suit the Costa Rican to play an hour or so, provided he’s fit enough to do so.

Sunderland Unveil Brendan Galloway
Is Galloway struggling somewhat?
Photo by Scott Heppell/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Honeyman continues to impress

Enough of the negatives - how great has George Honeyman been so far this season?!

He took his goal perfectly, composing himself before finishing - despite two Wednesday players standing on the line to block his effort.

It wasn’t just his goal though. His all-round game was spot on, and he contributed all over the pitch. It’s nice to see such an inexperienced player command the ball as well as he does, and even when we were deep into our own half he was trying to make things happen.

I’m really impressed. He knows Duncan Watmore will be breathing down his neck in a matter of weeks and he’s improving his performances with each passing game. Well done, George.

We’re unbeaten - think positive

When you draw a game having lost the lead it can almost feel like a defeat, but we have to be positive about our start to the season.

We’ve played four games and are unbeaten, we aren’t struggling for goals and it took an absolute wonder-strike from David Jones to bring Sheffield Wednesday back in to the game. On another day, despite finding ourselves on the ropes for the most part, we might have won that.

What we have proven so far is that we are hard to break down, and Leeds won’t be fancying themselves on Saturday - despite being unbeaten so far themselves.

Bury v Sunderland - Carabao Cup First Round
How class has Honeyman been, though?
Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Reinforcements needed

As I alluded to earlier, we tired easily in the game and it was tough looking to the bench for options. Fact is, we don’t have a backup striker currently and Josh Maja is out for another month at least, meaning we’re incredibly light. Plus, there’s no ignoring the fact James Vaughan isn’t scoring goals - although I still feel its a matter of time before he gets one.

We have three games in the next nine days before the international break and it’ll be interesting to see if we actually bring anyone in. I get the feeling we might wait until near the end of the window, but here’s hoping something happens before then. It’ll certainly help to give us options.

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