Pity poor Pete Sixsmth. Another early start for a long awayday, another bitter disappointment. Once again, The Observer asked for his verdict. We start with the Birmingham fan …
KYM YPRES-SMITH, SmallHeathAlliance.com
We’ve been worried for weeks, especially after dipping into the bottom three, but this win means we can breathe again – we just need a few more points to be sure. I think 2-0 was a fair reflection of the game. Our first goal was bizarre but just reward for Larsson – he was our man of the match today, Bowyer also played well. We’ve still got a lot of injuries but team spirit got us through today.
Foster 8; Carr 8, Johnson 9, Ridgewell 8, Parnaby 7; Larsson 9 (Fahey n/a), Ferguson 8, Gardner 8, Bowyer 8; Jerome 7 (Derbyshire 90 n/a), Phillips 6 (Hleb 63 7)
PETE SIXSMITH, SalutSunderland.com
The game revolved around the two keepers. Mignolet made a crucial error to hand City the lead after we had been the better side. We came out strongly in the second half only for Foster to make two great saves, then Mignolet should have stopped their second. We played well enough at times, but serious pressure is on Bruce now – next week at home to Wigan is a must-win. If we stay up, it will be because of the inadequacies of other teams.
Mignolet 4; Elmohamady 6, Turner 6, Onuoha 7, Bardsley 7; Henderson 7, Cattermole 6, Colback 6 (Malbranque 5), Sessègnon 5; Gyan 5, Welbeck 4 (Noble 70 6)