Sunderland enjoyed a winning start to life in League One – but it was not plain sailing.
In the early kick-off in the third tier, Sunderland trailed Charlton Athletic at The Stadium of Light but Josh Maja scored an equaliser.
Then, late in injury time, Lynden Gooch scored the winner to send fans into raptures and start the new era under Jack Ross with three points.
Sunderland are among the favourites for the title and they need to justify their favourite tag with results on the pitch.
They have made a number of signings this summer and they are starting to gel, alongside some of the club’s talented young players.
This weekend, they face a tricky test when they travel down to Kenilworth Road to take on Luton Town.
Ross will be considering his options and deciding which team to select.
Here is the XI that we believe should be deployed to ensure the best chance of three points.
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