Good day: Paul Heckingbottom
■ After a pretty strained and testing summer, the best was very much saved until last for the Reds chief.
Bad day: Aiden McGeady
■ Comprehensively outshone by the mercurial Adam Hammill in the battle of the old-fashioned wingers.
Key moment: 35th minute
■ Brilliant strike from Barnes provides the Reds with a twogoal cushion – with a cheerless Sunderland side pretty much floored in the process.
Ref watch: Chris Kavanagh
■ Had a big call to make when James Vaughan went down under challenge of Liam Lindsay, who he decided to book rather than dismiss.
■ A welcome and exhilarating rewind to the joys of the first half of last season from the Reds. A clean sheet, too.
Quote of the day
We have earned that, definitely.