Sunderland fans are enjoying the feeling of winning an opening game of the season, something which has been a rarity to Black Cats fans for some time. The Wearside club got their promotion push off to a great start by beating fellow hopefuls Charlton Athletic 2-1 at the Stadium of light.
A last-minute header from Lynden Gooch earned all three points, after Josh Maja’s drive had cancelled out Lyle Taylor’s opener from the penalty spot.
There were plenty of impressive performances from Sunderland players. But one man’s quality at this level stood out above the rest. Bryan Oviedo was outstanding for Sunderland.
An injury to Donald Love proved to be a blessing in disguise for Sunderland. Oviedo came on and made a massive difference to proceedings.
The Sunderland defence, which had been run ragged, suddenly looked more secure and balanced.
In attack, Oviedo was a constant threat down the Sunderland left. It was easy to see which player on the pitch had featured at the World Cup this summer based on the quality of Oviedo’s play.
Jerome Sinclair should have buried a low cross from the Costa Rican. Gooch made no such mistake. Oviedo hung a delightful cross into the back post for Sunderland’s winner after an impressive display off the bench.
Of course, Oviedo was later to training at Sunderland this summer after his World Cup exploits. He was and still is, expected to leave the club this summer. But if Sunderland can find a way to continue affording the player and convince him to remain they simply have to do it.
Based on the evidence of yesterday’s performance, Oviedo could be one of the stand-out performers in League One this season.
Jack Ross should try and keep the Costa Rican at the Stadium of Light.