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What a difference a year makes: Ex-Sunderland players react on Twitter after beating Norwich

Lewis Grabban (L), of Sunderland shakes hands with sunderland manager Simon Grayson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August...

Sunderland beat Norwich City 3-1 at Carrow Road this afternoon.

Sunderland picked up their first league win under new manager Simon Grayson with an impressive 3-1 victory away at Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.

The Black Cats opened their league campaign with a 1-1 home draw with Derby County, before defeating Bury 1-0 in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night.

Lewis Grabban (L), of Sunderland shakes hands with sunderland manager Simon Grayson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August...Lewis Grabban and Simon Grayson

Grayson and co faced a tough trip to Norwich on Sunday, but they took the lead in the first half when James Vaughan and Lewis Grabban - two former Norwich strikers - linked up, with the latter slotting home the opening goal.

Aiden McGeady grabbed his first goal for Sunderland with a fine left footed strike from the edge of the box, before the Irishman turned provider, conjuring up superb skill and an inch-perfect cross for Grabban to head home his second and Sunderland's third.

Grabban did score an own goal to bring Norwich a consolation, but Sunderland held out for all three points in an impressive 3-1 victory, with Grayson no doubt hoping to use the win as a springboard ahead of Wednesday's trip to face Sheffield Wednesday.

After the final whistle at Carrow Road, ex-Sunderland players Marco Gabbiadini and Micky Gray both took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the win and performance, with both men delighted. 

Aiden McGeady of the Republic of Ireland warms up prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.Aiden McGeady

Gabbiadini noted that it's a huge difference from this time a year ago, and whilst Sunderland are in the second tier now, Grayson has made a solid start to life at the Stadium of Light after such a dour season last term.

Gray added that it was a 'great win' for Sunderland and congratulated Grayson on his first league win as Sunderland boss since leaving Preston to take charge of the Black Cats back in June.

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