The win over Watford on Wednesday night gives the Black Cats six wins in their previous eight outings. Sunderland’s season got off to a shaky start. They entered the 2023/24 season seeking to repeat or improve on their playoff standing from the previous season.
Back-to-back defeats against Ipswich Town and Preston North End in their first two games put them on the wrong track. But they’ve healed magnificently well since then.
They have the league’s joint-top scorer in the form of Jack Clarke, who has seven league goals. They are fourth in the Championship after ten games, with 19 points.
The performance against Watford epitomized everything that this team stands for. They’re young, have a lot of talent, and are thrilling to watch. Niall Huggins’ goal, which opened the scoring, was all of those things at the same moment.
Niall Huggins’ ambition Last night, the Welshman found the back of the net for the first time in his professional career, and what a manner to accomplish it.
The right back cut inside from his natural position, beat his man, got into the box by passing another defender, and rifled his shot off the crossbar and into the net. It’s the kind of thing you fantasize about.
Following the game, the 22-year-old rushed to Instagram to share his delight at what had just occurred.
“What a feeling,” Huggins exclaimed. First professional goal and a home win to cap it off #safc.” An understandably ecstatic reaction to a night and occasion he will never forget. Jobe Bellingham, 18, was quick to congratulate his teammate in the comments. He stated, “Class, bro.”
Not only were his present teammates pleased for him. Joe Gelhardt, who was on loan at the club last year, and Lynden Gooch praised the full-back as well. “Nice you!” exclaimed the Leeds forward. “Deserved that lad, well done,” Gooch added.
How far can Sunderland’s young talent progress?