Two weeks is a very short time in football. Only a fortnight ago, Sunderland fans were despondent on the back of a 5-1 thrashing by Newcastle, but now fans are speechless at a humiliation of champions Chelsea in their own back yard.
I thought a point would hard to come by against a very resilient Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and to win 3-0 is like a dream come true.
How different this performance was to the shambles of two weeks back, with world class performances from several stars throughout the team.
The partnership of Danny Welbeck and Asamoah Gyan was one to behold, causing the Chelsea backline trouble throughout and never giving up anything for the cause. Welbeck has taken his time to settle in, but now he has, he is fantastic!
Steve Bruce has to sign him on a permanent basis, along with Nedum Onouha, who have both settled into a system that shows determination and attacking skill.
The first and second goals both had elements of class, Onouha brilliantly skinning several helpless defenders, before a great passing move led to Gyan’s composed second. The third may have been slightly fortuitous following a lazy back pass by Ashley Cole that allowed Welbeck to grab his deserved first goal for the club.
This was not a fluke but a tactical masterpiece on the behalf of Bruce, who went out from the off and attacked, taking the game to Chelsea, something many teams are scared of doing.
It may be a bold statement but I am not afraid to say that if we played as well as this week-in-week-out we would be contenders for the title. It’s not to say Chelsea were bad, yet more Sunderland were tremendous. We bullied Chelsea , didn’t allow them to play their style of football and got our just rewards.
Some may question that 3-0 was still not a fair reflection and could have been five or six goals for the lads, and it’s hard to argue that it wouldn’t have been deserved. All we have to do now is stay grounded, take points off smaller teams in the league and keep progressing the way we are, because the future is much brighter now for Sunderland fans than a bleak two weeks ago.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.