Sunderland cruised to another emphatic 4-0 win over Crewe on Tuesday night to put themselves back in the automatic promotion spots ahead of the next round of fixtures.
Although Crewe had their fair share of chances, the Black Cats proved to be too clinical and worked the ball too well for the home side to deal with.
They were 2-0 up before the first half was over thanks to an own goal and an effort from Ross Stewart. The striker had doubled his tally within the first ten minutes of the second half and substitute Leon Dajaku came off the bench and bagged to make it four.
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Lee Johnson’s men have picked up some fantastic results in recent weeks and are certainly in amongst the favourites for a promotion to the Championship this season and with performances like this one, it’s no wonder why.
Here then, are three things we learned from that 4-0 win.
1. Ross Stewart has become a top-level League One striker
Ross Stewart was the hero on Tuesday night, as his two goals helped seal the emphatic 4-0 win over Crewe.
It takes his tally to nine in the league for the campaign so far – and that comes in just 12 games. In fact, since making the move to the third tier from Ross County, his record stands at 12 goals in 27 appearances, which is a superb record for the forward.
He continues to improve and prove his finishing prowess week-on-week for Sunderland and if he can keep it up, then they’ll have a huge weapon on their hands in their bid for promotion.
2. Aiden McGeady can still perform to a high level – and is important for Sunderland.
Aiden McGeady might be 35-years-old and he might have had his fair share of injury issues but when the Irishman is back in the team, you can see the kind of impact he has for the Black Cats.
Back in the side, he bagged himself an assist and threatened the goal himself, whilst also creating the most chances of any other player on the field with five in total.
The winger is a huge asset for Sunderland to have and his presence back in the side will be a boost to everyone. He can certainly still do a job in League One and his level of creativity and productivity cannot be underestimated. If they can keep him fit, then it will be another weapon for them to have in their arsenal.
3. Daniel Neil looks a good talent for the Black Cats
It’s hard to believe that the midfielder is only 19, especially after the display he put in against Crewe. He looked composed, showcased his excellent vision with an assist and was also very accurate with the ball at his feet distributing it to his teammates.
He was the most accurate passer in the game to have played the full 90 minutes and he shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.
When you look at him, you see a player full of confidence and playing to the best of his ability and having featured in 11 games this campaign, he is already a mainstay in the side.
The best thing for Sunderland fans is that, at such a young age, he’s liable to get even better with every game he gets under his belt and with every tackle and pass he makes.
He’ll definitely be one to keep an eye on for the Black Cats – and there could be clubs higher up the table sniffing around him soon if he keeps it up too.