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Talking Points: Sunderland 1-0 Crewe - O’Nien the Chameleon!

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Is this the most efficient Sunderland side we’ve had in League One? Probably... Oh, and stop bloody moaning about team selections and subs man... we’re winning games, and that’s all that counts - even if your midfielder/forward/right back is now your best left centre half!

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Efficiency is key

It’s often said that it doesn’t matter how you win - getting the three points is all that matters. And, right now, nothing could explain the situation at Sunderland better than using that phrase.

We’re getting the job done.

I actually felt we played fairly well last night, all in all, and the scoreline perhaps doesn’t accurately reflect just how dominant we were.

All of the positives we can take from the performance have been previously highlighted after other games. The defence was rock solid. The midfield shielded well and were tidy in possession. Our full backs were almost impossible to defend against and gave us a consistently good standard of delivery.

Touch wood, and it’s early days, but these are the signs that this is a team with one thing in mind - promotion. Let’s just hope they keep it up.

Sunderland v Crewe Alexandra - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images

Stop moaning about team selection & subs!

Twitter did my head in a bit before, during and after the game.

People whinging about this and that player not being on the bench, people moaning about Grigg not getting on, people moaning about Flanagan and Dobson coming on...

It’s all irrelevant when you’re winning games and keeping clean sheets.

How about we just give the manager and the players some credit for getting the job done? They’ll be criticised by all of us, me included, when it’s warranted. But right now we really have no right to tell them what they’re doing is wrong because... well.

The record speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

Let’s try and keep the mood positive for as long as the results reflect the same.

Sunderland v Crewe Alexandra - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images

O’Nien the Chameleon

I can’t end without commenting on Luke O’Nien’s performance.

It doesn’t matter where you put him, he only needs a few games to become entirely competent at whatever job you want him to do.

I’m not even annoyed that our best right back is now our best left centre half.