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Friday Throwback: SAFC 3-2 Burnley, 2007 - Carlos Edwards' screamer sends us top of the league!

It's throwback Friday - Roker Report's weekly diversion past the reality of our current situation in order to remind you of a time when things didn't feel so bad. Today we're looking at a game from 2007 against Saturday's opponents, Burnley, which all but sealed our immediate return back to the top flight under the management of Roy Keane.

Sunderland v Burnley Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

OH! OH! OH! OH my goodness me!

That was ABSOLUTELY amazing! Absolutely amazing Carlos Edwards!

About 80 yards out - maybe a hundred - he was on the banks of the Wear! He pulled the trigger, he nearly burst the net and I've burst a blood vessel or 10. What a way to get back in the lead!

Carlos Edwards' fifth of the season, and the best you will ever ever see... brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

When thinking about which game I should cover this week, our game with Burnley in our run towards winning the Championship in 2007 immediately jumps out as one of the greatest matches that we have seen at the Stadium of Light - so, naturally, we're going to reminisce about that today.

The lads went into the game on the back of their first league defeat of 2007, away at Colchester, but they knew that a win over a Burnley side with nothing to play for would all but secure promotion.

You might remember that the game was on a Friday night, and all that I could think about all day was the match - every time that I did, my stomach was doing somersaults. The walk over the Wearmouth Bridge to the Stadium of Light got the adrenaline going within me even more than usual, as I descended upon the ground in amongst a sea of red and white shirts.

The atmosphere was electric from the start and for a while it looked like we were going to turn in a very un-Sunderland style performance and win comfortably.

Clever movement from Daryl Murphy created the space for him to caress the ball into the bottom corner, and we went one up.

Just minutes later we were awarded a penalty, when Wayne Thomas brought down David Connolly in the penalty area - unfortunately, the Irishman diligently adhered to the clause in any Sunderland players contract which insists on giving fans at least two controlled heart attacks per game, and his spot kick was saved by Brian Jensen.

We were made to pay for this on the stroke of half time when the referee awarded an even more contentious penalty decision, this time to Burnley, which gave former Sunderland wage receiver (I refuse to acknowledge him as a footballer) Andy Gray the chance to put the away side level from the spot - and he dispatched the ball home comfortably.

Sunderland v Burnley Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Then, just five minutes into the second half, Wade Elliot riffled home from distance to stun the home crowd.

But back then we didn’t meekly surrender to teams when we went behind - instead the lads had a new lease of life and were level just minutes later. Carlos Edwards surge into the penalty area was illegally halted by the Burnley 'keeper, and David Connolly showed nerves of steel to draw Sunderland level.

The game was crying out for a special moment to decide it.

Then came Sunderland's third... but I don't really need to remind you of that, do I?

The final ten minutes of action felt like an hour, but we got over the line and at full time the players received rapturous applause as they completed a lap of the pitch. After years of despair, it finally felt like we had a Sunderland team to be proud of.

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