Post Dale Craic

Sunderland sealed a huge three points against Rochdale with a dramatic comeback courtesy of a late George Honeyman goal and Jack Ross spoke about the big win: “There has been different challenges all season, this was another one, to come from a goal behind. On the back of the week we have had, to keep pushing, it takes guts and hunger. It is a happy dressing room; they are in a good place and trusting what they do. It was much about character and desire; it was pleasing they kept faith second half and didn’t panic and got their rewards. For us, we had a young team on the pitch today, we were stretched a bit squad wise. Prior to their goal I thought we were good, creating good opportunities. The goal rocked us a bit, as it does. We got a little bit sloppy, clearances and decision making. Half-time was good, it gave us the opportunity to remind them what we wanted them to do in the game. They have to do it on the pitch though, they kept playing the way we wanted to, how we would get joy from the game. The winning goal comes from us doing that. Testament to their desire and character. We understand it can change very quickly. We have lived with a scrutiny of where we are after every league game, either the first or the last game. We are accustomed to it. We don’t get too caught up in it. Post-cup final, we knew what lay ahead and what he had to try and do, and we have met two of those challenges already, we have further ones to come, beginning Tuesday. The players feel good about themselves, that hunger to achieve success was strengthened by what happened at Wembley. They have come through a tough test.”

Charlie Wyke who scored a much-needed goal had his say on the win: “It’s a fantastic feeling for me to get a goal, it’s been a frustrating period but days like this makes it all worth it. This is a massive result when things like this go your way you know it’s going to be a good season – hopefully we can take it into the next game. The fans were absolutely unbelievable today and they really pushed us forward. I think we controlled the game; we took the game to them and they nicked one, but it shows the lads spirit the fight back - in the end it was a brilliant result. I think we’re in a fantastic position now with the results going our way today and we just need to keep going. The lads have been working hard and we just need to keep going we’ve been working hard and we can take it into the next game full of confidence and I think we’ll show it in the next home games.”