LEE JOHNSON praised Aiden McGeady after watching him at his “vintage best” by creating all four of Charlie Wyke’s goals to lift Sunderland back into the play-off zone.
McGeady sent over four crosses for Wyke to head them all beyond Doncaster Rovers keeper Ellery Balcombe.
And on a crazy afternoon at the Stadium of Light, the Black Cats preserved their handsome lead even though goalkeeper Lee Burge scored an own-goal and saved two second-half penalties for the home side.
But this was an afternoon for McGeady and Wyke to be proud.
The 28-year-old’s first-half hattrick was followed by his 21st goal of the season in the 54th minute to take him to the top of the League One scoring charts.
“Four goals from Charlie, four assists for Aiden, two saves from penalties for Burge – it was vintage McGeady,” said Johnson.
“Aiden has been excellent, I have enjoyed working with him. The pair of them have a nice partnership going.
“McGeady’s numbers have been good. He is always challenging, that is what you expect from a player who has had his career.
“I thought first half was outstanding in our pressing. Doncaster are a good side and showed that with spells in the second half. We got to expend a lot of energy and we got our reward.”
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