Lee Johnson’s smile was as wide as the Wear after seeing his side beat Doncaster 4-1. Charlie Wyke scored four, Aiden McGeady created them all and Lee Burge saved two penalties…
"I thought the first half was absolutely outstanding in our press against a very good side. You can see in the second half when Doncaster had their spells that they are a very good side. We had to expend a lot of energy early with that high press, it was high risk and high reward and we certainly got that. I was really proud of the players today.
"After a loss like Tuesday you feel the magnitude of the club, you feel the message from the outside and I think it's really important that we manage that message internally, that we maintain the belief. It was a big game today but they all are, and we've really capitalised on an opportunity today even if Doncaster still have games in hand on us. We've got to just keep chipping away, improving our performance, there are bits in the second half that we need to go back and look at it. But the effort from everybody and the skill in the first half put us in the margins where we could take risks."
"It was vintage McGeady. At the same time, he's been pretty consistent for us. His numbers have been good, his physical numbers have been good. He's been good to work with, he's always challenging but that's what you expect from someone who has had a career like his. Then you have Charlie with four goals to put himself top of the charts and Burgey with two penalty saves. We've got to not have that little Sunderland self-sabotage element in us, and I include all of us in that. Even I was better today in that I've been getting frustrated the last couple of games, I know a got booked but that was just a momentary lapse! We've got to keep our cool on and off the pitch now,
"There was so much quality on the pitch today and the only sad thing for me is that the supporters weren't here to aid us with that world-famous noise. We've got good quality players, and the standard has been set. We haven't always matched them [previously] and that's the challenge, to have that Premier League mindset."