Sunderland continued their undefeated start and picked up their first away victory of the season in comprehensive fashion as they comfortably beat Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium.

The match started in frantic fashion as Gillingham took a third minute lead through Tom Eaves before Chris Maguire equalised just one minute later.

Sunderland found themselves 3-1 up by 20 minutes as captain George Honeyman and Max Power scored two stunning goals.

The second half was a less frantic affair, but Josh Maja netted his fourth of the season to put some gloss on the result and give Sunderland a 4-1 victory.

Despite being undefeated, Sunderland currently sit in fourth position in League One and two points behind pace setters Portsmouth and Peterborough.

Gillingham could look back onto this game with some sense of regret as they were wasteful in front of goal, having fired 16 shots but only two on target.

Sunderland were ruthless, and the quality of their goals were outstanding. Honeyman and Power’s goals were superb strikes that set the tone for the rest of the teams performance.

Overall, the Black Cats can look back at their last two games with pride as they have beaten two sides tipped to be promotion contenders in comprehensive fashion.

Jack Ross:

“There will be times when it won’t go well, because we are expansive and we do commit men forward. “That can mean you turn over possession, and there have been times, even in the home games, where we’ve done that.

“But the flip side of it is that you create opportunities and look a threat all the time going the other way. That’s why I can see a lot of games being like that this season. The way in which we play lends itself to that, along with the intensity of nights like tonight.”

Steve Lovell (Gillingham manager):

“I’m very pleased with the performance overall but losing 4-1 is very disappointing. We gave them two of their goals, that’s what I don’t like about it. We can’t give any team a lift, more so teams like Sunderland.”

“We had chances, a lot of chances – good chances too. We gave everything we could have done, and we had a right good go. Our movement and our passing were excellent. I thought they defended well, they threw their bodies on the line and their keeper made a couple of good saves.”