Ross Post MK

Sunderland made hard work of it, but we did manage all three points against MK Dons. Jack Ross had this to say about Max Power and Luke O'Nien's stunning goals. “Max has the attributes to do that and the ability to do it. He works really hard at it both within training and post training with other staff. It's just making sure we have him high enough up the park where he can affect the game in that way and he did that throughout the match today. I think he may be frustrated he didn't score more. He was in good areas, both from set-pieces and also from open play. I'm delighted for him because I think him doing that is why we were so delighted to bring him to the club in the first place. Max's. We've spoken about Max's goal, but it was an outstanding finish. To hit the ball coming from that side of the pitch takes a lot of ability. Luke - I always think Luke might create a goal or score from playing in that position because he's got that ability to find himself in the right place. He's actually an unbelievably good finisher for a guy that's not a striker. He works really hard at it and his dedication to it and improvement in the past year as a football has been huge. It's a testament to his hard work and hopefully the help we've given him.”

Ross on Aiden McGeady's injury, and home debutants Joel Lynch and Laurens De Bock. “Aiden picked up a foot injury in a similar area [to last season] against Bolton, but it is nowhere near as worrying as the one he got last season,” said Ross. “He’s improved quite a lot this week and he will hopefully improve further next week.”

“I said post-match on Wednesday that Joel Lynch and Laurens De had had effectively no pre-season so to give them what amounts to a pre-season in and amongst all our games has not been easy. You have to throw them in at some point and Wednesday allowed us to do that, and their performances dictated that they stayed in the team on merit, but it was going to be a big ask for them fitness-wise. Laurens managed an hour, and it was testament to Joel’s conditioning that he managed to get through the whole game. They gave us a really good balance within our defensive unit, and across the piece we defended really well today - although the goal was frustrating because it was pretty soft.”