Another week, another win.
But Sunderland being Sunderland, we didn’t make it easy for ourselves against an AFC Wimbledon side which bore many similarities to the Crazy Gang of the 80s and 90s who barged their way through Liverpool to win the FA Cup in 1988.
Free kicks and corners were flying in from all angles. The goal we conceded on nine minutes was naive, but the refreshing thing about Jack Ross is that he reacts to deficiencies and changes things around in time to make a difference.
We’re not a tall side and Wimbledon were full of big bruisers, though the second half saw a much rejuvenated Lee Barry Cattermole seal the game with a double - his first for Sunderland, and the first he’s probably ever produced.
Lee Cattermole has been on the receiving end of much stick as of late from sections of the Sunderland support, but he seems to have pulled his socks up (as well as his shorts!) and got on with it.
It should be no coincidence that the two outstanding performers of the last two weekends have been remnants of the Premier League years, on the equivalent wages. Ideally, they would have left the club to lighten the wage bill, but if they help us get back to the Premier League more quickly, maybe they’re worth keeping hold of.
Indeed, Jack Ross has hinted that Cattermole and Oviedo will be staying.
As the mags try to spin a dour defeat to Chelsea that their awful stalling tactics ‘almost’ worked, I’m glad we’re not simply trying to pull off another survival effort.
It is, of course, better to make a full tilt at the league as opposed to merely aspiring to stay in it at whatever cost. That was never enjoyable, no matter how much we tried to kid ourselves. Though the memorable home games against Chelsea and Everton at the end of the 2015-16 season were euphoric, I enjoyed the seasons with Peter Reid more because we were fighting to finish in the top half of the league rather than clinging onto survival by our fingertips.
To do that takes imagination from not just the management but the owners too and, now, I think that Sunderland AFC most definitely have that.
Bring on a full house against Oxford United - if the wins keep coming and more and more supporters start to realise that things have changed now, maybe the club will be forced to reopen the top tier!