Make no mistake about it - Sunderland are ruthless, and they mean business.
Everyone - including our Crewe-supporting friend Tim, who correctly predicted a 4-0 Sunderland victory last night - realistically expected The Lads to get the three points.
However, it was the manner in which we won that will give fans confidence that we really mean business in the race for the League One title.
In previous seasons, we’ve been less than convincing more often than not when taking on struggling teams. Sure, we’d win most of them, but we didn’t always batter the opposition.
This year, we’re different.
We didn’t care that Crewe were the home team - we just pummelled them.
And that’s what champions do.
There were over 1600 Sunderland fans in attendance, and they turned up expecting to see a performance - and they got just that. Sure, we got the lead initially with a touch of good fortune, but we put the ball into a dangerous area and were duly rewarded.
Afterward, we controlled proceedings, and made Crewe pay for their deficiencies by sticking another three away. They were good goals too - the pick of the bunch probably the fine team move which led to Ross Stewart heading home our second.
I keep telling people who don’t support us just how good our football is this season, and I don’t know whether they just don’t care or don’t believe me, but I just want to play these goals on repeat to them to bang home my point. We are fuggin’ mint, man.
Even the fourth - I love counter-attacking football. Yet for most of my time as a Sunderland fan, we simply haven’t had the players or the tactics in order to counter and exploit teams when they pile forward. Leon Dajaku is quick, and as evidenced by the two goals that he’s scored so far for us, he’s a cracking finisher.
Are there things we could pick at? Absolutely. I’m still worried that we might be a little bit soft at times in defence, and I reckon we need Broadhead back fit and firing, but there’s very little to complain about when it comes to Sunderland these days, and isn’t that nice?
Everyone knows that we’re a big club at this level, but until this season I couldn’t say with any conviction that we’ve acted like a big club.
Call it big-headed, call it what you want, but I don’t think that it’s too much to expect Sunderland to turn up at places like Crewe and run all over them. We’re simply better equipped than every team at this level, so expectation levels SHOULD be high.
Thankfully, we have a manager and a team now at this club that believe that they are big, and that combined with some excellent work on the training pitch, good recruitment and the influx of youth into the side has kicked us up several notches.
But, we must get this game out of our heads.
Take the positives, enjoy the win - because we deserve it after working so hard for the three points - but divert our attention to Charlton now, another side struggling, who we need to be ruthless with and ensure we put to the sword.
Bring it on.