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.
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.
Note: Craig Finnigan is a Newcastle fan and graduated from Newcastle College in 2011, and he has created a one-off key ring, and all the profits will go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
You can view and buy the specially designed key ring here.