Sunderland 1 - 0 Sheffield United (npower Championship)
Sunderland won a hard fought battle against Sheffield United on a fine autumn afternoon at The Stadium of Light.
Sunderland's winner came through Osvaldo Bonaiuti as he seized on Zac Robinson's mistake to score a penalty.
Both teams had a number of attempts at goal, which promised much, but the quality of finishing was poor throughout.
Sunderland have so far confounded their critics as the pre-season relegation candidates currently lie 16th in the npower Championship table.
Man of the Match: Rick Dillon (Sunderland)
Sunderland 2 - 1 Watford (npower Championship)
Sunderland won a hard fought battle against Watford on a fine autumn afternoon at The Stadium of Light. A brace from David McDonald helped Sunderland to victory.
Striker David McDonald gave Sunderland the lead with a curled effort from eighteen yards in the 38th minute. Experienced midfielder Carl Holzman then equalised for Watford in the 43rd minute with a firm diving header from inside the six-yard box.
McDonald scored what proved to be the winner in the 65th minute with a fierce shot. Watford also saw their 85th minute strike questionably chalked off.
Sunderland have so far confounded their critics as the pre-season relegation candidates currently lie 14th in the npower Championship table.
Man of the Match: Thomas Nekos (Sunderland)
Rotherham United 1 - 2 Sunderland (npower Championship)
Sunderland recorded a somewhat fortuitous win over Rotherham United on a fine autumn evening at Rotherham Community Stadium.
Enthusiastic striker Liam Wilson gave Rotherham United the lead with a real poacher's effort in the 27th minute. Striker David McDonald then equalised for Sunderland in the 46th minute with a close range effort.
Then followed controversy as Sunderland were denied claims by winger Osvaldo Bonaiuti for a penalty. Midfielder Dan Massey then clinched a late winner on 81 minutes with a shot from eighteen yards out.
Massey's impact delighted the fans with his late goal.
Sunderland have been performing above expectations in the npower Championship so far this season and find themselves in 10th place.
Man of the Match: David McDonald (Sunderland)
Sunderland 4 - 2 Stevenage (npower Championship)
An efficient performance from Sunderland saw them run out 4 - 2 winners over Stevenage at The Stadium of Light. A brace from Tony Agus helped Sunderland to victory.
Experienced striker Gareth Partington showed a sign of things to come though as he nearly gifted Sunderland a goal on 2 minutes. Full-back Jon Smart suffered the ignominy of scoring a calamitous own goal in the 2nd minute on the clock. Partington equalised for Stevenage in the 15th minute with an incisive finish.
Striker Tony Agus put Sunderland in front in the 19th minute with an attempt which went in off the frame of the goal. Agus had no trouble in scoring from the spot when Asamoah conceded a penalty. Partington managed to pull one back for Stevenage after 50 minutes with a good header from just inside the six-yard box but it was to be nothing more than a consolation.
Then followed controversy as Sunderland were denied claims by Agus for a penalty. Stevenage were nearly gifted a goal on 73 minutes through David McDonald's lapse in concentration but they failed to capitalise on the opportunity presented to them.
McDonald completed the scoring for Sunderland with an accurate finish on 92 minutes.
Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 8th place in the npower Championship.
Man of the Match: Gareth Partington (Stevenage)
Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 6 Sunderland (npower Championship)
The final score of 6 - 0 was fully deserved as Sunderland totally controlled their npower Championship game against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly a superb hat-trick from Sunderland's David McDonald.
Striker David McDonald got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring a fierce shot after just one minute. An error from Sheffield Wednesday's Alex Birchall allowed defensive midfielder Alain Mahamat to score a real poacher's effort. McDonald added his 2nd goal of the game with a shot from the edge of the area on 55 minutes.
Sheff Wed captain Alan Reid compounded the misery for Sheffield Wednesday on 61 minutes with an embarrassing own-goal. McDonald added his 3rd goal of the game with a fine header from point-blank range on 72 minutes.
Full-back Boy Villareal completed the rout with a fine header from point-blank range on 82 minutes.
Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 6th place in the npower Championship.
Man of the Match: David McDonald (Sunderland)
League after 14 games
5th QPR 26 Points
6th Sunderland 25 Points
7th Fulham 24 Points
8th Leicester 23 Points
Inconsistency at its best! I seem to have a month where Iíll lose all my games a perform like my players have never met each other, then ill have a month like this where I destroy all comers. The win over my old club Sheff Wed was particularly pleasing if Iím honest, Next month will be huge for two reasons as I think the league is settling down, and it will define where ill be, and also because the big Tyne-Wear derby is next month as we travel to the discount tracksuit thunderdome for my first derby.