The Black Cats boss says he’ll be treating tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy fixture with respect.
Sunderland are back at the Stadium of Light this evening and welcome Stoke City’s Under 23s.
Jack Ross says the game gives him an opportunity to hand more macth fitness to some on the fringe.
It’s back to League action on Saturday and another home fixture, against Fleetwood Town.
Scottish Premiership club St Mirren have sacked manager Alan Stubbs.
The former Hibs boss only replaced Jack Ross in June, after the Scot moved to join Sunderland.
But St Mirren have had a poor start after returning to the top flight – with one win and 3 straight defeats.