It wasn't a dream. Sam Allardyce really has led Sunderland to Premier League survival, at the expense of them up the road. In the cauldron of noise that was the Stadium of Light last night Sunderland blew away Everton to comfortably win 3-0, with the game, and the relegation battle, over as soon as Patrick van Aanholt's free kick wrong footed Joel Robles. Now, for all those too hungover to make it to work this morning, it's time to rate the players from the performance of the season. I think this might be a close one!
What a time to pull out a massive performance. Sunderland put themselves within a win of guaranteed survival with two games to go after a fantastic second half perfamance against Chelsea.
There may be a part of you ruing the lack of a winner, but let's not underestimate the maginitude of the point earned by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light today. In arguably our toughest fixture remaining, we haul ourselves out of the bottom three with an excellent performance.
You had your say on how Sunderland's players performed in the 2-0 defeat to Leicester at the Stadium of Light.
While Leicester celebrated moving ten points clear at the top of the Premier League table, Sunderland were left to rue what might’ve been once again, as mistakes all over the park cost Sam Allardyce’s men dearly in their battle to survive. Who do you blame the most? Have your say and rate the players below.
After playing second fiddle to Lee Cattermole for most of the day, AJ has taken over as the leader for the WAW Reader's Man of the Match. His mazy run leaving half of the Spurs defence on their backsides is clearly the catalyst for this - but do you agree? Whether or not you do, join in and have your say by voting below.
Another chance to get Sunderland's season up and running, and another defeat to a newly promoted team. Same old Sunderland. Fans were worried before the game kicked off at the news John O'Shea would miss the game through illness, and that worry was justified as Younes Kaboul and Sebastian Coates had another afternoon to forget. Now it's your turn to rate, and slate, the team.
The feel good factor was evident around Wearside on Sunday lunchtime with the news Fabio Borini was making his long-awaited return in a Sunderland shirt. Unfortunately, the Italian couldn't prevent his new side slipping to a harsh 1-0 defeat to Tottenham. Despite the spirited performance, the best of the season so far, it was Dick Advocaat's substitutions that drew the bulk of criticism after the game, so now it's your turn to rate the players and have your say.
Thanks to a vast improvement from the first two games of this campaign, Dick Advocaat saw his side battle back from a goal down to earn a hard-fought point against a Swansea side who remain unbeaten this season. Now it's time for you to have your say and rate the lads. Was Defoe's goal worthy of the man of the match title, or should Pantilimon be rewarded for his sensational saves to keep us in the game?
Yet another season of disappointment, heartbreak, managerial sackings, derby victories and dramatic escapes drew to a close at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Much like last year's finale against Swansea, Sunderland were to peak in midweek, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat in the final fixture. Still, it proved a decent run out from Dick Advocaat's men, in a clash that had minimal significance. So, for the last time this season, it's now your chance to have your say and rate the players.