Please excuse me. I haven't had much time to write this and therefore some of my corrections are still present on the page. Please try and ignore them, I haven't had time to delete them away I've just had to do the computer version of 'tippex-ing' them away. Enjoy the write-up of one of our more memorable away days.
The result and reaction of a football match is often decided in moments that last mere seconds. A much better performance, but little if anything has changed on the back of it.
Sunderland's search for their first win of the season finally ended in a hard-earned victory against Stoke at the Stadium of Light. It also ended the drought of goals from the team's two main strikers, who bagged all three in what turned out eventually to be a comfortable 3-1 result.
Despite the goal that many wondered if we’d ever see, there will be no repeat of last year’s Wembley dream after Sunderland throw away a lead to crash out of the Capital One Cup to Stoke City.
Lack of attacking threat clear was clear to see in a frustrating afternoon at Turf Moor, where brief spells of possession failed to provide enough penetration to trouble the Burnley goal.
It was tough to watch, in general. But not tough to watch in the same manner last season was tough to watch, but more so because we are better than yesterday's performance.
Effort made up for a lack of quality and craft to help Sunderland scrape a hard won even if unlikely point against a Tottenham side that bossed most of the match at the Stadium of Light. The team could so easily have been blown off the park.
Was it two points dropped? A point gained? I’m sure we could argue until we’re blue in the face but the fact is we were 1-0 down to Manchester United and come away with a point. You would take that any other day without hesitation.
Manchester United visit on Sunday and with our Capital One Cup campaign set to get underway once more on Wednesday it seems apt that we revisit one of the more glorious evenings of last season.
Sunderland started the season in the best possible way thanks to a stunning strike from an unlikely source, but things soon began to fall back to the norm, including some questionable refereeing and even more questionable defending, until a late, great equaliser rescued a point at The Hawthorns.