Sunderland Almost Did The Seemingly Impossible

Sunderland looked doomed before last night’s game at the Etihad Stadium and were 7 points from safety with only six games to play, and other sides fighting relegation – Fulham and Cardiff – had also won their games over the weekend.

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Connor Whickham – after scoring second goal last night

And it looked ominous when Fernandinho put Manchester City 1-0 up after only two minutes of last night’s game.

But after that Sunderland were the better side and in the first half O’Shea missed two golden opportunities from headers, and former Manchester City winger Adam Johnson had another decent chance.

And Manchester City were second best all night, and would you believe it, but Connor Wickham scored two good goals in the 73rd and 83 rd minute and it looked like Sunderland could get an unlikely and much needed win.

But then on 88 minutes Samir Nasri scored, and then somehow missed a golden opportunity to win in stoppage time when he blazed the ball over the bar, from six yards out.

During the game I texted my friend Peter on what was happening in the game – Peter was born and bred in Sunderland – and with just 3 minutes to go they were 2-1 ahead.

But they couldn’t hang on – and it turned out to be only one point last night – but they broke their five game losing streak – and at the Etihad of all places.

They could have easily done the double over City this season, if the Sunderland goalkeeper hadn’t made the mistake two minutes from time.

It was certainly a great result for Liverpool, whose game against Chelsea now looks like it may decide the league, although we do play Liverpool away in the very last game – so we could be on TV – and it could be difficult for Newcastle. 🙁

And Crystal Palace won their fourth game in a row at Everton by 3-2 – and they are now only 6 points behind Newcastle with four games to play, and they are on a four game winning streak – and Newcastle are on a  four game losing streak.

Sunderland can play great one game and then look horrendous the next – and that’s not unlike another north-east side.

Although Newcastle have at least shown some consistency over the last four games – and we’ve been awful in every single one of them.

It now looks really tough for Sunderland to survive, and they are 6 points from safety with just 5 games to play, and they are at Chelsea on Saturday.

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8 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Apr 17, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    “We had options whenever we had the ball, and that’s important. With three center-halves, you need midfielders and wing-backs making runs, and we had that at Stoke.”

    We did have that, but they were Stoke players 🙂

    I see the toon ain’t too optimistic about next result. And talk of even CryPal catching us!

  • cyprus

    Apr 17, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Skipped PL football last night for El Classico. And we claim to play the best football? The pace was frenetic. Nice goal by Bale to win it. Is he available for transfer to NUFC?

  • cyprus

    Apr 17, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3

    If we lose all our games or just draw a couple (most likely) with 48 points we could be well below our ‘dream’ (many quotes) tenth place.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 17, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    He was U21 for long enough, fair enough flog him if Good is ready, but Mashers thinks three CBs are enough for a PL squad don’t expect to see him replaced.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 17, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #5

    I still think we’ll finish tenth, I wonder if TeDiouS will come out of exile to tell us what an excellent season we’ve had…..from the clubs perspective !

  • cyprus

    Apr 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    You are probably right. It’s just that we have forgotten how to score. We do remember how to concede. And the damned game says that you need at least a goal to have a claim on 3 points 🙂

  • Sav

    Apr 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d luv it if we beat them, Luv it.

  • dcdick

    Apr 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Pardew Out !!!


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