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2013/14 Review: Goal Of The Season

What were the best of the Sunderland screamers?

Stu Forster


With the most bonkers season in memory finished, we're a bit knackered. We are not quite ready to put it to bed quite yet, though.

We asked our writers five questions about the campaign, and we'll publish the responses to one question a day through this week.

Yesterday it was all about the maverick moment of the season. Today, we tackle the Sunderland goal of the season.

Michael Graham

We seemed to have to work so hard for everything this season, to it's no surprise that there isn't a shortage of contenders. I just loved Fabio Borini's goal against West Bromwich Albion, though.

It was just the kind of goal I can't remember ever seeing Sunderland score before. Such precision, such grace... brilliant.

Gareth Barker

Fabio Borini vs Newcastle at the SoL - A fantastic late strike from distance that gave us our first win of the season in Poyet's 2nd game in charge. Roof came off the SoL.

Craig Clark

Phil Bardsley at Old Trafford in the League Cup. One of the worst goals your ever likely to see. An awful strike thrown into his own net by David De Gea but wow what a moment it was. It meant everything. A goal for us, the fans and we didn't half celebrate it.

Chris Weatherspoon

Adam Johnson's second goal at Fulham. In a season of memorable twists and turns, this goal will likely be lost amid the haze.

Yet, it essentially sealed a crucial victory, and was bathed in counter-attacking quality (perhaps ironically, given Poyet's enthusiasm for high levels of possession). Up against a reckless Fulham defence, Sunderland broke out on the counter quickly, the ball finding Jozy Altidore on the halfway line. Alert to the advancing Ki Sung-Yeung inside of him, the American swiftly rolls the ball into the South Korean's path, who advances forward with the hosts retreating.

To his right, Adam Johnson is not so much running as surging forward, bolting into a month of form that would prove pivotal in Sunderland's eventual survival. Ki's resulting slide-rule ball was exquisite, Johnson's finish emphatic, and a penalty soon after would round off a delightful day in the capital for the Black Cats.

Stephen Goldsmith

Fabio Borini against West Brom. I watched the replay of this goal again and again on MOTD, then I watched it some more on the Sky highlights. It was everything that's been missing from our game in recent years.

We spent week after week trudging across to the stadium to watch our side hardly touch the ball under O'Neill and Di Canio; here, we had a goal birthed from possession football and executed with a sublime chip over the defence and a first time finish in front of a packed stadium. It was just like the early days at the SOL.

Luke Bowley

Fabio Borini vs Newcastle (Home) - Borini's goal against West Brom was probably technically better, but come on. To produce an absolute screamer for a team without a win all season in the dying minutes against the Mags deserves all the credit in the world. And Jozy got the assist making it even more impressive.

Nick Holden

Wickham's second goal at Manchester City. Really tough to pick for this, but Wickham's goal showcased several things that have been missing at Sunderland for a long time.

After comfortably defending a corner we broke instantly, aggressively and at speed with Emanuele Giaccherini charging up the pitch. Remarkably a Sunderland then striker showed complete understanding of his team-mate's intentions, with Connor Wickham haring up after him in time to take a beautiful through ball under control with a great first touch, before an unerring finish saw us take the lead at the Etihad. Majestic.

No general consensus here, but the overall conclusion is Sunderland - and Fabio Borini in particular - scored some pretty brilliant goals this season.

Feel free to tell us your goal of the season via Twitter (@RokerReport) or in the comments section below!

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