Sunderland are hoping for a long and success era under Lee Johnson.
The Bristol City manager took charge of the club on Saturday and even led the team through the clash with Wigan Athletic just hours after being appointed.
While that result didn’t go their way, there was fresh hopes of picking up a positive result against Oldham Athletic in the Papa Johns Trophy.
Thankfully for supporter, that victory did come at Boundary Park.
Despite going behind, goals from Chris Maguire and Josh Scowen were enough to see Sunderland progress from the second round of the competition to ensure that their hopes of going all the way remain intact.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) December 8, 2020
Admittedly, the Papa Johns Trophy is certainly not at the top of the club’s list of priorities this term, with everyone firmly focused on securing promotion to the Championship.
That said, a victory like this will do wonders for confidence within the squad.
Supporters were also delighted by the victory and hopeful that it could be a sign of things to come under their new manager.
Here’s what a selection of fans had to say on social media.
Any win is a good win as we start the long road back. Hopefully a confidence booster.
— World Vintage Colours (@WVintageColours) December 8, 2020
— Mando (@KINGMAGUIRE1) December 8, 2020
Funny what happens when we play a winger as a winger…. hopefully that boosts players confidence for Saturday
— Nick (@nicholaswilso11) December 8, 2020
Small steps. Plenty of work for Johnson on the training ground
— Parker (@Parkersafc) December 8, 2020
We made heavy work of that Johnson must be wondering where do we get a left back from..midfielder(s) who can pass ball forward and have pace and a striker that actually worries there back 4 Hopefully he can address this in January and the best of luck to him
— Joe Lewins (@joelewins) December 8, 2020
We made hard work of it at times but we’ll done lads and Congratulations Mr Johnson on your 1st win…1st of many we all hope 🔴⚪️🔴👍😉
— Colin Roberts (@mackem49000) December 8, 2020
Well done to turn that around👏🏻🔴⚪️
— Graeme Field (@Fieldo100) December 8, 2020
Quiz: Which club did Sunderland sign each of these 25 players from?
Yeah, but can you do it in the league on a Saturday?
— SteveSR6 ® (@SteveSR6) December 8, 2020
Wins a win. Still a long long way to go
— Jai Oliver (@JaiOliver5) December 8, 2020
Absolutely fantastic results – well done lads.
🅷🅰'🆆🅰🆈 🆃🅷🅴 🅻🅰🅳🆂!!
— George the 3rd (@Georgesparents) December 8, 2020