Sunderland fans told Newcastle supporters to ‘enjoy Burton’ in May 2016.
Newcastle fans did indeed enjoy Burton, beating them home and away in close games, to pick up six points on the way to finishing as champions in May 2017.
Only 11 months later, Newcastle fans are very much enjoying Burton once again.
With three games remaining, Sunderland faced Nigel Clough’s team at the Stadium of Light.
Defeat for either would effectively mean relegation, whilst if other results went against them, it could even be mathematically certain for either of them.
If you could have written the script, it wouldn’t have been better.
Fact definitely stranger than fiction.
Sunderland went ahead through a McNair goal on 34 minutes.
With only five minutes remaining, the Mackems were still in front.
On 86 minutes former Sunderland striker Darren Bent pounced to score only his second goal of the season.
The farce only got better, as two minutes into injury time, Boyce put the visitors in front!
Sunderland weren’t taking this lying down though and made sure there was a final hilarious punchline…
Only five minutes of extra time had been added but into the sixth minute Sunderland equalised, only for the referee to then rule it out, apparently for handball.
This led to very angry scenes with McGeady and Cattermole both booked as the final whistle went.
Sunderland not mathematically down unless results had gone against them elsewhere…
Birmingham went a goal down at home to Sheffield United but came back to win 2-1, meaning the Mackems could no longer catch them.
Looking at the league table after Saturday afternoon’s games, it looks at first glance as though Sunderland could, mathematically, still survive.
However, Burton play Bolton next weekend and a draw means Sunderland can’t catch them, whilst a win for Burton would mean the Mackems couldn’t match them.
So…Sunderland are down!
Six in a row?
Well Newcastle fans have certainly enjoyed watching Sunderland win only six of 44 matches on the way to relegation.