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.

Rafabeneathus indeed!

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!

  • Leicester Mag

    Brilliant! 😊. To cap it all My mate a Prof and Mackem took part in a Facebook competition before the game about the crowd size. My guess of one man and his dog was more realistic than his 😹😹

  • Grahame Johnson

    We had lost our 2 home games this season and 52000 went to west ham game, last season the same lose our first 2 and 48000 turned up at Reading, we get grief by pundits,media,other fans etc Sunderland fans have not got the loyalty we have, our squad last season and this plus all the backroom staff make me a proud mag, they get what type of fans we are,I’m 52 and should not be as excited as I am for stoke at home, I sit in block u and will sing and be a bit mad TOON-UNITED

  • DC1964

    Oh how they laughed when we got relegated! Those much lauded derby victories seem a distant memory now!

  • Steve Pearce

    I was at the EFL game and when big Darryl came on he got a standing ovation. How many fans would do that for an opposing player? Certainly not those red and white walking pieces of shyte that pollute the mouth of the Wear. He repaid that respect with scoring the winner and we will never forget him for that.

  • Paul Busby

    No matter how disappointing our owner is, at least we have a constant reminder that it could be worse. Much worse.

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  • MadMag83

    Rafa was also mocked by a few Toon fans for signing him, as well as the signing of Gayle and Joselu….

  • Haitchdee

    I wanted the club to keep him,Now I’m so pleased he left (not really) Top man found a club straight away. Forest fans must be happy and they got rid of Lansbury.