Malcolm Dawson writes….just as the majority of Sunderland fans had resigned themselves to an inevitable relegation, the team go and do this to us. Four (almost six) points in games where there seemed no prospect of any at all has reignited the small ember of hope. Despite things not going entirely the way we might have wanted in other matches, should Norwich and West Brom fail to pick up points over the rest of the holiday weekend, with three winnable home games to come there is still the prospect of Premiership football at the Stadium of Light next season. But those remaining home fixtures are against teams also in the relegation mix – just the kind of games we have failed to win all season. In a week’s time we could be out of the bottom three, or still deep in the mire after seven days of false optimism. Sometimes I wish I’d been born in Rochdale! Gus is upbeat, and has every right to be so in his post match e-mail but like us looks to continue the job next weekend.
We battled for everything out there today.
There have been times in recent games where things have gone against us; own goals, red cards, but this game shows if you can get a break you can do something important.
Everything went for us today and we’ve shown that the players will continue to believe and fight for this club.
We were confident on the ball; we passed when we could, we defended, we ran; the players were all over the place.
We took a risk naming the same side having had a tough game on Wednesday and some of them struggled but battled on; great credit to them.
Some people maybe thought we had no chance today but we’ve given the fans a day to remember.
Brendan Rodgers may well be thanking Fabio Borini for his goal and I think I’ll be getting a few text messages too, but what we did, we did for ourselves.
We needed to do something special and we did it, we’ve broken Jose Mourinho’s record and that will make the headlines for the next couple of days.
Let’s not talk about anything other than football from now on, it’s all about us beating Cardiff next week.
All the best,