1) The Premier League form book means nothing
The form book before the game pointed to an easy win for West Ham. Sunderland were rooted to the foot of the table with two points while the Hammers had won all three of their away games against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. But this is the Premier League, so inevitably the Mackems found themselves 2-0 up on 22 minutes thanks to goals from Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens. Carl Jenkinson got Slaven Bilic's side back in the game just before the break, though, with a cool finish after good work out wide by Victor Moses.
Down to 10 men following Lens' sending off in the second half the objective changed for Sunderland when minutes later Dimitri Payet, who was at fault for the second Sunderland goal, followed in Manuel Lanzini's speculative shot to tap home Costel Pantilimon's parry. Hammers sub Nikica Jelavic could have sealed the ultimate comeback late on but was stretching at the far post and could only send his effort bobbling over the bar.
2) Carl Jenkinson is back to his best
One of the major positive to come out of the Sunderland game was that loan star Carl Jenkinson finally looked back to his best. He put in a man of the match performance to prove his early season jitters were temporary. It was the kind of performance Hammers fans had got used to seeing from Jenkinson at both ends of the pitch. Getting forward and supporting the attack was such a feature of his game for the Hammers last season but he has struggled for form this time around. He was up and down all game and scored a vital goal before half-time to halve the deficit. It was his first goal for West Ham and a finish a seasoned striker would have been proud of.
Fans had worried his lack of influence so far this term could lessen West Ham's effectiveness as he is such an outlet with his pace on the right. Those swashbuckling runs were back, though, and he was a major reason why Slaven Bilic's side got anything out of the game.
3) West Ham cannot keep giving teams a headstart
The Hammers have scored in every game so far this season and are full of confidence in attack. They are so confident in fact that they have decided to give teams a headstart in many of the games where they are expected to win. Well that's the way it seems with the Hammers having given Leicester, Bournemouth and now Sunderland two-goal leads while they also let Norwich twice go in front in the 2-2 draw at Upton Park last weekend. Hammers fans will forgive the team a lot while they are playing with flair, scoring goals and crucially earning points. But as the game against Leicester and Bournemouth showed, the Hammers will not always get out of jail and must find a way to set up that means they are not chasing the game against teams they should be targeting for all three points.
4) Nikica Jelavic is probably not going to be a super sub
When Andy Carroll was ruled out of the trip to Sunderland it hardly came as a surprise. The sicknote striker has missed more games than he has played during his wretched time at the club. But it did mean Croatian striker Jelavic got a rare chance to show what he can do, coming on a second half sub as West Ham pushed for a way back into the game. He provided a nuisance factor and got in some good positions. And in was in the right place at the right time when Dimitri Payet delivered a superb ball late on which was begging to be poked home for the winner. Jelavic was stretching for it at the far post but was not sharp enough to get there and turn the ball home instead sending it bobbling over the bar.
I'm sure Jelavic would get goals in this West Ham team with the number of chances they create, but he is not going to realistically play ahead of Sakho or Andy Carroll when, or more perhaps more aptly if, fit. So when he does get the chance from the bench he has to take it. On this evidence it won't be anytime soon but it is certainly nice for the Hammers to have a number of different options in the squad.
5) It is time to give Antonio a run out
West Ham shelled out £7 million for flying winger Michail Antonio from Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day. He had started the season at Forest how he'd finished the last, on fire creating and scoring goals. But despite being used as a sub in the 2-1 win at Manchester City, Antonio has not really had a look in since. He was cup tied so could not get a run out in West Ham's League Cup third round defeat to Leicester City and again at Sunderland he was left kicking his heels on the bench. Whether Bilic is letting the pacy winger settle in fully before putting him in the Premier League firing line, or simply hasn't been sufficiently impressed in training we don't know. But with Victor Moses being subbed off before the hour many thought Antonio would have been a natural replacement and someone who would offer a real threat. Instead Bilic opted for Jelavic and he missed a sitter late on.