A magnificent performance left Sunderland feeling that a draw at the Etihad stadium, where no team had won or – until today – drawn in the Premier League this season, amounted to two cruelly lost points.
This supersedes the half time report: Justice at the interval
Leading 3-1 with nine minutes to go, and absolutely no fluke. Then the excellent Kilgallon went off injured, Kyrgiakos came on and – though I have not yet heard this enforced substitution advanced as
a reason for our late wobble – City were suddenly level.
We had not won at Man City since 1998, when Kevin Phillips scored the only goal at Maine Road. How close we got today to doing it in even better style.
Come back later for Martin’s Musings as the boss reflects on a nobly won point…
No one listening or watching to this game could be in any serious doubt that when Nicklas Bendtner put Sunderland 2-1 up, it was to give us a thoroughly deserved first-half lead. Sessegnon had played crucial parts in both goals, setting up Seb Larsson for a great finish to put us ahead and then crossing superbly for Bendtner’s header. And Sess was there again to assist Larsson to his second soon after the interval.
In the end, we could not quite hang on. But the Lads earned their point today with a display of passion, enterprise and resilience. And oh how close it was to three …
Monsieur Salut loved this, from Andy Potts, listening in Moscow, at the Blackcats list: “Enjoyed our Russian commentator telling us Cattermole without a yellow card was like a cake without cream.”
And he should have realised what was looming when another Blackcats subscriber – perhaps he should remain nameless – admitted he was about to cash in his Sunderland-to-win bet, having been offered 12-1 at 3-1, rather than wait for 17-1 if we were still ahead at the final whistle.
Here Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day or two.
The full Sixer’s Sevens archive – see link below – sums up what all Sunderland supporters feel, from darkest gloom to sublime elation, in the words of one who is usually there …
March 31 2012 Manchester City (1) 3 SAFC (2) 3 How frustrating when we deserved three points
March 27 2012 FA CUP 6th round replay: SAFC (0) 0 Everton (1) 2 Everton simply better. Hope they win it.
March 24 2012 SAFC (1) 3 Queens Park Rangers (0) 1 Played very well and won with ease
March 20 2012 Blackburn Rovers (0) 2 SAFC (0) 0 Very disappointing. We looked tired and uninterested
March 17 2012 FA Cup 46h round: Everton (1) 1 SAFC (1) 1 Started well, on top but pushed back
March 10 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Liverpool (0) 0 Better by far than an average Liverpool
March 4 2012 Newcastle United (0) 1 SAFC (1) 1Players gave everything and deserved to win
To see Sixer’s Sevens in full, click here. If an asterisk precedes the comment, the words that follow are the work of someone else because Pete is for once absent from the game or his verdict has been delayed …