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Sunderland fans gutted as their Newcastle United wind-up spectacularly backfires

3 years ago

Sunderland fans are once again facing up to reality this Christmas Eve morning.

A week ago it was a very different story.

The Mackems were celebrating Christmas just a little bit too early.

Their dream double had happened.

Newcastle had lost narrowly 1-0 at Arsenal, whilst Sunderland fluked (Fulham had 66% possession and 9 corners to the mackems 1) their first home win in 364 days.

With results elsewhere also going their way (in both the Championship AND Premier League), it meant Newcastle finally dropped into the relegation zone and Sunderland crawled out of their relegation zone.

The Mackems were rubbing their hands in glee, their desperation to see Rafa Benitez fail at Newcastle United is at ridiculous levels if you ever look at comments from their fans on message boards etc.

This weekend was the perfect set-up, what could possibly go wrong for the red and whites?

They faced rock bottom Birmingham at the Stadium of Light giving them the perfect opportunity to make it two wins on the bounce, whilst Newcastle were back off to the capital to play a resurgent West Ham.

Seven days ago on Sunday morning (17 December), the Sunderland fanzine ‘A Love Supreme’, put up this message on their Twitter account:

“Good morning.

“Just to clarify: SAFC won and are out of the relegation places.

“NUFC lost and are in the bottom three.

“Stop the season now I wanna get off.

“Happy Xmas.”

Then they added..

“So pleased for everyone associated with the club, now it’s time to push on up the table.”

As you may have heard, Newcastle deservedly beat West Ham with an excellent performance despite a severely weakened team through injury.

The victory taking Newcastle above the Hammers and into 15th place for Christmas.

Nothing achieved yet but a massive result and performance that proved once again that both plaers and fans are very much behind Rafa Benitez.

As for Sunderland…as usual a half empty Stadium of Light greeted the players despite last Saturday’s win and the new manager needing all the help he can get.

It gets worse (better!) as the players were booed off at the end, bottom club Birmingham getting a deserved draw (47% possession, 5 shots on target to Sunderland’s 4) despite playing with 10 men for the final 25 minutes.

To make it even better, the two other clubs (Burton and Bolton) that started the day beneath Sunderland, both pulled off surprise wins to ensure the Mackems are back in the bottom three.

‘Happy Xmas’ indeed!!


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