Over the past few days, there have been some good exchanges between Sunderland and Man City supporters, especially – in the case of City – from the Bluemoon fans’ site.
Pete Sixsmith’s reminiscences on the day he took his Dad to see SAFC v City at Roker Park (a treat for a football fan, but Dad didn’t care for football) were rightly admired. City fans may challenge Pete’s observations on the match itself.
Now, Blues fans are, for obvious reasons, voicing their great hopes for Adam Johnson*, who returned to his native Sunderland to score the last-gasp equaliser. It was, in all honesty, deserved but broke our hearts all the same.
Last night, I posed the question as to whether his true intention was to shoot or cross the ball.
On balance, most people – many Sunderland fans included – seem to think it was indeed the “sublime” strike or “wonder goal” that pundits have called it.
A little attention has been paid to Johnson’s muted celebration after scoring. He grabbed his City badge, but – doubtless mindful of friends and family in the home areas of the Stadium of Light, certainly mindful of Mancini’s exhortations (to go and and seek a winner) – ran quickly back for the restart.
This is what City fans have been saying at Bluemoon:
* Loved it!!!!
He is quickly turning into one of my favourite players alongside Bellers and Carlos.
When he scored what I would class as a wondergoal he ran off and grabbed the badge and showed he was proud to play for city which is exacly what you want to see from your players when they celebrate 🙂
As its been covered already on here we all know we have a star in the making and let it continue Johno because your performances are a joy to behold!!
** i dont think he knew what do with himself. he looked very excited. he also seemed to put his hand out in apology to the sunderland fans. after all he was a mackem growing up.
*** This is what I mean mate. He was a Sunderland supporter growing up so it must be a mixed bag of feelings when you score against them but he seems really proud that he is a city player and I think he will be massive here!!
**** yeh i think he wanted to run off like mad then realised, then put his hand up then kind of ran off and celebrated but nothing like in the manner he wanted to, any other team apart from sunderland he would of celebrated a lot more in front of our travelling lot.
***** to me he plays good every game. even vs chelsea he looked dangerous and got us some free kicks in good spots…give him the armband.
****** Those who say he did’nt know what to do after scoring. Well your dead right his prem scoring record is terrible. But I hope now he is playing with Bellamy & Tevez. His work rate will be like theirs & he can score & create goals. He will have no problem gettin in the team playing with both feet. SWP can’t play with one.
******* I doubt it. Mancini was going mad at them all, telling them to get back to the halfway line and win the game.
******* For a second I thought he was going to kiss the badge but then clocked that it wouldn’t go down well as a Sunderland fan, He’s not like Rooney kissing the Yoonited badge claiming to be an Everton fan???
Absolutely fantastic goal and prospect!
He is going to become a great player.
So dangerous on the ball defenders have not got a clue what he is going to do!
********** Great seeing this lad come on,you just knew something was going to change in the game,he takes people on and gets the crowd going.Bit like SWP used to.
And this came from Sunderland fans (at the Blackcats loop):
*********** Great finish by Adam Johnson but I’m not convinced he meant to put it there. Think he was just bending it into the mix and got a bit lucky.
************ He meant it. And it was deserved. Some on RTG say he kissed the badge. He didn’t. He grabbed it. But as someone who’s spent his football life away from Sunderland it was understandable.
* Anyone but us? Adam pictured during his Middlesbrough days, flanked by Boro fans, for the website of the Middlesbrough Football Club Study Support Centre