David Moyes facing his old side Everton promised to be an entertaining game - but its outcome might not have been what he was hoping for.
The game started slowly, with the first half hardly being a classic.
-- Certain Betting (@CertainBetting) September 12, 2016
There were still talking points though, particularly with England man Ross Barkley being subbed off at half-time by Ronald Koeman.
Really not surprised Barkley has been subbed. Just doesn't do enough. #SUNEVE
-- Danny (@dannyhall___) September 12, 2016
-- Tim McCarthy (@Tim_Mac82) September 12, 2016
Bad day at the office for Barkley.
-- Sportdec (@SportdecApp) September 12, 2016
But this game was all about the second half, and after 1,139 minutes without a competitive goal, Romelu Lukaku showed up with three in the space of 11 minutes, bagging first a header...
Then another header from a brilliant cross by new signing Yannick Bolasie...
And finally a fine low finish.
It's fair to say fans thought Lukaku's performance was something special.
-- BigSport (@BigSportGB) September 12, 2016
The goals meant he was one of the highest scoring players for fantasy football teams this weekend.
Lukaku has scored. Good time to put him in your fantasy teams, folks.
-- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 12, 2016
When you remember you've put Lukaku as your fantasy football captain ??? pic.twitter.com/lgm7D1kpUi
-- TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) September 12, 2016
-- Will Dyer (@w2Dyer) September 12, 2016
The 3-0 defeat meant things aren't looking good for Sunderland, who have only one point from the first four games, and many of their fans left the Stadium Of Light before the final whistle.
The empty seats didn't go unnoticed by fans either...
If Everton score again, the rest of the Sunderland fans in the stand will leave, and we'll be able to read the writing on the seats. #SUNEVE
-- Johnny Gallagher (@Johnny_G2012) September 12, 2016
Moyes found facing his old club of 11 years was hardly a picnic - and neither was the Twitter reaction.
Inside the mind of David Moyes...
-- NOW TV Sport (@NOWTVSport) September 12, 2016
-- Ben Jones-Groves (@BenRJones2) September 12, 2016
Moyes slumped lifelessly in his chair, looking dejected. 3-0 at Home will do that to you #SUNEVE
-- Ifeoluwa Wole-Osho (@Zeus_Ares) September 12, 2016
Perhaps Moyes was right. Sunderland's relegation battle begins NOW #SUNEVE
-- Dennis Kioko (@Its_Sir_Dennis) September 12, 2016
-- Andy Riley (@Andyriley88) September 12, 2016
He'll be hoping for a sturdier performance when his side come up against Tottenham next Sunday. Fans of third-placed Everton though will be hoping for more of the same.