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QUICK KICKS!

The key talking points after each and every Sunderland game.

Quick Kicks: Travelling masses bring pride to Sunderland as our young Lads are given a chance!

Last night was a perfect metaphor for our mini-renaissance - a packed away end cheering on a side giving everything. No egos, no hasbeens, just a bunch of Lads getting stuck in for the badge, coming away with a win.

Quick Kicks: Max is back & Honeyman proves his worth to Sunderland with captain’s performance

There were plenty of interesting takes coming out of the FA Cup victory at Port Vale yesterday, including why Max Power’s return is deeply significant and how George Honeyman’s mature performance was a kick in the teeth to his detractors.

QUICK KICKS: Consistent winners Sunderland are going to win the League - and here’s why

Another weekend, another win and another plethora of positive points upon which we can talk. Can a pearler a game from McGeady make up for an otherwise underwhelming performance? Was McLaughlin’s save worth as a much as a goal in itself? Read on to see what we think!

QUICK KICKS: Sunderland are finally on the better end of the ‘bad team, bad player’ effect

We’ve come over all regal in this edition of Quick Kicks. The King has donned his crown, brandished his sceptre and granted Wearside another three points - and there’s plenty for us to talk about!

QUICK KICKS: Sunderland’s victory at Doncaster proves this side can find sustained success!

It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but Sunderland’s 1-0 victory away to Doncaster was a fantastic result as Jack Ross’ men remain in third place, just behind Peterborough and Pompey. What did we learn?

QUICK KICKS: Clean sheet, goals & game-plan - Sunderland have a platform to improve further now!

Sunderland secured an important 2-0 win down at Shrewsbury Town yesterday - what can we take away from our solid performance?

QUICK KICKS: Chance to play at Wembley should be enough to motivate Sunderland fans & players

Despite the lack of interest in this game, there were plenty of positives to take from a Sunderland perspective. We have a very real chance of reaching Wembley - surely that carrot dangling should be enough to motivate the fans and players?

QUICK KICKS: Max Power’s petulant red card wasn’t enough to stop Sunderland’s much-needed win!

Despite an incredibly petulant red-card, Sunderland emerged from yesterday’s game with a vital three points which sees us sitting in third position a mere 4 points behind leaders, Pompey.

QUICK KICKS: I’ve not enjoyed watching a Sunderland player as much as Maguire since Sessegnon!

God took Messi and Pele, mixed the two to make one, and he came up with... Chris Maguire? Yes, the former Oxford and Sheffield Wednesday man turned in yet another fantastic performance yesterday, and it still baffles me how we got him for nowt.

QUICK KICKS: McLaughlin was tremendous - I love it when Sunderland have a competent goalkeeper

Yesterday’s thrilling draw away to Coventry entailed plenty of talking points both good and bad. How immense was McLaughlin? How exactly does Maja need to improve? And just how many ‘professionals’ could do with taking a leaf out of Gooch’s book?

QUICK KICKS: More bad refereeing against Sunderland - Gooch was lucky he didn’t get knocked out!

We mull over the key talking points from yesterday’s game between Sunderland and Rochdale, including another gripe over bad officiating. How wasn’t Ian Henderson sent off for the sickening elbow to Lynden Gooch?

QUICK KICKS: Burton’s keeper should have seen red for horror tackle on Sunderland’s Charlie Wyke

Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke was stretched off the field having been on the receiving end of an absolutely terrible tackle by Burton goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov - why the referee never sent him off for it, I have no idea.

QUICK KICKS: Time to change? Ross has to be ruthless in order to solve Sunderland’s slow starts

Sunderland keep starting poorly in games, and when we concede goals they are often from corners. Jack Ross needs to be ruthless and make some changes in order to add physicality to his side - and here’s why.

QUICK KICKS: Denver Hume offers fierce competition for Don Love’s place in the Sunderland team!

To call last night’s stalemate against Stoke City’s kids mundane would be nothing short of an understatement, but we still managed to wean some talking points out of it - with the terrific performance from Denver Hume squarely in the limelight of those!

QUICK KICKS: Sunderland’s Jack Baldwin is a class act - how has he never played above League 1?!

Addressing our slow starts is a must for Jack Ross, who might now be without a key midfielder. However, his team’s fight - coupled Jack Baldwin’s dogged tenacity - are real positives for the Sunderland boss.

QUICK KICKS: I’m eating a Sunderland-sized slice of humble pie when it comes to Lee Cattermole

Yesterday’s 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon makes it four wins from five for Jack Ross’ unbeaten side, but the fundamental weaknesses of our team were there for all to see.

QUICK KICKS: Reece James will ensure Sunderland aren’t completely dependent on Bryan Oviedo!

We’re still soaring through League One on Jack Ross’ magic carpet in today’s installment of Quick Kicks - and that’s due in no small part to the tenacity of Jack Baldwin, the reassurance from Reece James and vast improvement of Lee Cattermole!

QUICK KICKS: Chris Maguire is now Sunderland’s most important player - Bury fans got it wrong!

Everything is hunky-dory in today’s Quick Kicks as we look back on what was a thoroughly entertaining game of football between Sunderland and Scunthorpe yesterday afternoon.

QUICK KICKS: The early signs with Alim Ozturk aren’t good - do Sunderland need ANOTHER defender?

In today’s Quick Kicks we look at some of the key points from Sunderland’s loss last night to Sheff Wed. Do we still need to sign another defender? Isn’t it good to see us play attractive football? And, some special praise reserved for Denver Hume.

QUICK KICKS: Everything about yesterday’s game was brilliant - Sunderland AFC are back, babaaay!

Sunderland AFC are back, and every single thing about yesterday - before, during and after the game - was brilliant.

QUICK KICKS: Sunderland’s new boys impress on 1st outing - FINALLY, WE HAVE A DECENT GOALKEEPER!

Despite action ending early last night at the Riverside Stadium, there were still plenty of positives to take from what was a very good Sunderland performance against a full-strength Boro side.