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Bravo Connor, Premier Player of the Month, and Time for Hands to Go up

By Colin Randall @salutsunderland
Jake captures the man who's given us hope

Jake captures the man who’s given us hope

How many Sunderland fans,
from home-and-away diehards to exiled Mackems and assorted fansite/fanzine writers, can keep a straight face when claiming never to have criticised Connor Wickham?

I’ve done it, others at Salut! Sunderland have done it, the Blackcats email forum has at times been awash with criticism.

Now, as Stephen Goldsmith says on the new Salut! Sunderland podcast – we still claim it as ours since it started here – is right to acknowledge his stunningly timely run of form. Goldy was honest enough to admit he was among those to have slagged off the player’s past efforts.

This is how reports his Premier Player of the Month award for April:

Wickham, who turned 21 at the end of March, was selected after scoring a league-high five goals during the month.

He bagged braces against Manchester City and Cardiff as well as scoring Sunderland’s first goal in the 2-1 win over Chelsea, helping the Black Cats to a return of seven points over that spell.

Wickham becomes the second Sunderland player to win the award in 2014 after Adam Johnson was named Player of the Month for January.

Wickham is quoted as saying: “I’m delighted to receive the award and it means so much to me. We’ve picked up some great points in recent weeks and we need to keep going.”

Bravo, Connor. You have proved a lot of people wrong.

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Matt’s cartoon (cherished by M Salut), as adapted by Jake

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