Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson won his first game in charge of the Black Cats last night after an emphatic victory over Tranmere Rovers.

Goals from Duncan Watmore, Chris Maguire, Lyden Gooch, Will Grigg and Luke O’Nien gave the North-East side all three points in a 5-0 demolishing of the Whites.

Sunderland have moved up to 7th place in the League One table and are only out of the Play-Offs on goal difference.

Their new boss Parkinson delivered his verdict on the match afterwards, as per Sunderland’s official club website: “It’s a big win for us and getting a clean sheet too is very important. Some of the goals we scored tonight were excellent and I was so pleased to get in at the break 3-0 up. It was a ruthless, professional performance and I feel we got that today – it’s a great win for us

Stadium of Light. Photo by Simon Davies.

When we got forward to committed players in the box and like I said at the weekend it’s about turning the quality of our forward play into goals. We needed to be more effective and I thought we did that tonight.”

Grigg, who scored his second home goal in as many games, said: “I thought we played at a really high tempo, got loads of crosses into the box and got our just rewards. We implemented the game plan really well. We wanted to be bright and get the goal which set the tone. It’s easy to sit back like that but we didn’t, we were ruthless throughout and we continued to do what we wanted to.”

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