Daryl Murphy is once again the toast of Tyneside.
Despite starting only seven Championship matches last season, the striker scored five goals and provided an assist, helping Newcastle United to promotion and the title.
A Sunderland player back in the day (left in 2010), Rafa Benitez was mocked by the Mackems when paying £3m to bring a then 33 year to St James Park.
Tuesday night saw all the essential ingredients for a classic at the Stadium of Light…
A clueless manager under pressure, a team/squad of players that are clearly bottom half of the Championship level…at best, a half empty stadium, torrential rain – and Daryl Murphy starting at number nine for Nottingham Forest.
It took until the 86th minute but that makes it all the sweeter.
Sunderland unable to score and with four minutes to go a left footed strike by Daryl Murphy ends up in the bottom corner.
Forest win 1-0 and leave Sunderland with only one win and five points from seven games so far, one point off the relegation zone in 20th place.
Just listen to the boos ringing around the Stadium of Light from the hardy few that remained.
It is now nine months since Sunderland won a league game at home, not a single one this calendar year.
Not an ounce of sympathy after the way they went on when Newcastle were relegated and amazingly, to this day some of them still mock NUFC supporters for their belief in Rafa Benitez’ talents as a manager.
If you go back exactly 30 years Sunderland were in the third tier of English football and they are having a really good go at returning there, we can only wish them the best of luck in getting out of the Championship!