MATCH FO­CUS

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

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.

Ver­dict

■ 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.

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