Come back for Pete Sixsmith’s more considered view from the East Stand. This is how it seemed based on a mixture of radio commentary and Sky …
Craig Gordon, John Mensah and, until forced off by injury at half time, Kenwyne Jones did not deserve to be in a non-winning team.
In the end the relentless pressure of Man City may have made a draw a fair result, though we were better in the first half and might have had a two-goal cushion to show for it.
But how close Gordon’s outstanding second-half goalkeeping, surely his best performance in a Sunderland shirt, and Mensah’s towering efforts throughout came to securing victory.
I said I would settle for a draw provided we beat Birningham City in a week’s time. So I refuse to look on the lost two points today as a defeat and at last begin to view the remainder of the season with a little confidence.
One question: was it a “wonder goal” by Adam Johnson that brought the stoppage time equaliser? Or was it a fluky cross that should have been headed off the line?