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“Should we still be at least a little concerned that Sunderland fall behind first so often? You have to think at some point teams will be able to figure us out in the second half” asks Roker Report reader Max. Got something to say? Email us: RokerReport@yahoo.co.uk - we’ll include your message in a future edition!

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Dear Roker Report

Enjoy League One they said. Enjoy Accrington Stanley they said - well, you know what?

I am. I am very much so enjoying this League One lark.

The last few games are proof that we have turned a corner that the team is starting to gel, and more importantly, we’re getting our club back.

I am buzzing for Saturday, and I can’t quite recall the last time I felt like this.

Last week we saw three amazing performances from everyone that played, for different reasons. We have players to come back from injury to to make us stronger. But here is the thing - will the likes of Wyke, Watmore, McGeady and McGeouch come straight into the starting eleven? Would that be fair?

And let’s be honest, in the olden days going 1-0 down after 180 seconds would normally spell then end, but then, we did press self-destruct as normal, we got back on level terms quickly, took the lead and strengthened - all inside 17 minutes. Then, we did it all over again on Saturday. Utterly crazy.

It may be early days but you can see the progress under Ross, you can see a massive improvement going forward. Alright, there have been some silly mistakes in defence but there are players covering, and we actually have a goalkeeper that can catch a ball - what sort of wizardry is that? Did we find him at Hogwarts?

We have players that actually want to be here and that shows in the play - we have blended youth with experience.

I have said this, but a massive thank you has to go Stewart, Charlie, Juan and Jack.

Thank you for taking a risk on us - thank you for saving us. Just thank you.

It feels like we have our club back, the one that interacts with fans, sees a fan in distress, helps them out, and takes time to be with them.

Roll on Saturday and Oxford United.

Hannah Brown

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Cheers Hannah - I very much enjoyed your romantic view of how things appear to be playing out! I said yesterday to the other lads in the Roker Report group chat that when you consider just how short a spell these guys have had in charge - we passed the 100 day landmark earlier this week - it’s really quite remarkable how much work they’ve actually done. We can only hope that their enthusiasm continues as it has done beyond the honeymoon stage of the relationship but so far, so good. I can’t complain!

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Dear Roker Report,

One thing that stands out from this team is their ability to rally when giving up the first goal. The past few years it felt like the game was over when the Lads gave up the first goal. The mentality just wasn’t there. Now it is. So who gets the credit and how much of it? Ross? The players? The management for bringing in the right players?

Also, should we still be at least a little concerned that the team falls behind first so often? You have to think at some point teams will be able to figure us out in the second half.

Haway the lads,

Max in the USA

Ed’s Note [Gav]: To go straight to your question - yes, I think we should be concerned. We’d be foolish for thinking that things are perfect and it doesn’t matter how good results are, we should always look at ways we can improve.

I’ve gone through a spate of watching documentaries that follow managers around dressing rooms recently and one thing that has struck me in all of them is that none of the managers - whether that be Pep Guardiola in the Premier League, Neil Warnock in the Championship or Barry Fry in the second division at Peterborough - feel entirely comfortable after a win.

I imagine that is exactly how Jack Ross operates too and that gives me confidence that results, if anything, will only continue to improve as the season progresses.