The scoreline was misleading as Sunderland struggled for much of the day but scored three late goals to make it look like an easy 3-0 over Birmingham City in the Capital One Cup.
Jack Rodwell scored on his home debut, but it's too early to get excited about his prospects as a fantasy asset.
Emanuele Giaccherini will return to first team duties after the international break as Sunderland take no risks in his recovery from a muscular injury.
Sunderland's new signing Patrick van Aanholt put in a terrific display on debut and it resulted in big fantasy returns.
Sunderland's Lee Cattermole scored a stunning goal as Sunderland drew 2-2 with West Brom at the Hawthorns.
Sunderland's Billy Jones is sidelined by a hamstring injury for the opening match against West Brom.
Sunderland have completed the signing of Brighton winger Will Buckley on a three-year deal.
Sunderland have rejected a bid for striker Connor Wickham from West Ham, BBC Newcastle understands.
Sunderland have landed one of Guy Poyet's stars from his Brighton days with the signing of Will Buckley.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is hoping to have an almost fully fit squad this weekend when the Black Cats travel to The Hawthorns on Saturday to take on West Bromich Albion.
This may not sound like a big deal but for a player who has been dogged by injury issues, playing injury-free for even a half is a good sign.
Sunderland have announced the re-signing of Argentine defender Santiago Vergini on loan from Estudianties in Argentina.
Forgotten man Jack Rodwell finally has a chance to start again as he has completed a move from the bench at Manchester City to the starting eleven at Sunderland.
Sunderland are prepared to offload Connor Wickham if the Great Escape hero doesn’t pen a new deal at the Stadium of Light, admits Gus Poyet.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has indicated that a move for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini could still be on after confirming talks between the two clubs.