Sunderland extended their unbeaten run with a hard-fought draw at fellow promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argyle on Easter Monday.
The battle for a top six finish is going to be fierce, but the Black Cats will fancy their chances of reaching the play-offs and then securing a return to the Championship given the form they are now showing under Alex Neil.
Promotion will always the aim for Sunderland when they are in the third tier, due to the size of the club and their resources, so if they are condemned for another year in League One it will be viewed as a failure.
Therefore, the pressure is on in the coming weeks, and whilst there is still so much to play for, here we look at ONE winner and ONE loser at Sunderland in the season so far…
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Winner: Ross Stewart
In truth, the big striker hasn’t been at his best since Neil replaced Lee Johnson, but that can’t take away from the fact that he has had an outstanding season and is a key reason as to why the team are where they are.
A return of 22 goals is excellent, and he also brings a lot to the side with how the holds the ball up and he works hard.
Such form has supposedly caught the eye of other clubs and you would imagine that if Sunderland don’t go up, Stewart has done enough to earn a move to a higher level.
Loser: Patrick Roberts
This is slightly harsh as the wide man only joined in January but this felt like a critical move for Roberts, as his career had stalled somewhat in recent years.
So, he would’ve been desperate to impress, but it hasn’t really happened, with Roberts managing just one goal in 12 games, and he has found himself on the bench recently.
Of course, there is still time for Roberts to make his mark at Sunderland, but right now this spell hasn’t exactly gone to plan.