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RR End of Year Review: Our favourite Sunderland home and away games of 2023!

In the first of a series of articles looking back at the last twelve months, we asked our writers to pick their favourite Sunderland home and away games of the year

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Michael Dunne says...

Home: Sunderland 2-0 Boro

This felt like a big occasion inside the stadium, and the atmosphere was brilliant throughout. I thought this was one of our best performances under Tony Mowbray in his entire tenure. Boro were on a really good run at the time but they couldn’t cope with our front four of Stewart, Clarke, Roberts and Amad. Once Stewart scored the first goal early in the second half, I never felt like we were going to lose. To top it off, Amad scored a beauty ten minutes from time to give us the bragging rights. It was a great day that displayed all that was good about Tony Mowbray's team under his stewardship.

Away: Norwich 0-1 Sunderland

Just when it felt like maybe we were out of the promotion race, we came up with an enormous win at Carrow Road. This was a defensive masterclass from the team as even though we were depleted in numbers, Mowbray set us up to hit them on the counter to great effect. The inconsistent Abdoullah Ba had one of his better performances in this game where he scored a lovely goal from outside the box to hand us a crucial victory. It was very typical of us at that time where we would always just keep ourselves in the race for promotion with a win that nobody was really expecting.

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Anthony Gair says…

Home: Sunderland 5-0 Southampton

This came out of nowhere: a 5-0 thrashing of promotion favourites Southampton.

For some reason, it feels like a long time ago, but Chris Rigg scoring after Jewison Bennette danced around their defence topped off what could only be described as an incredible result.

As Kyle says, it gave us the boot up the backside that we needed and it started a run of three straight wins before we become ‘typical Sunderland’ again.

Away: Preston 0-3 Sunderland

A game I personally approached with trepidation, I expected a proper Sunderland performance and for us to miss out on the playoffs.

However, step forward Amad Diallo, who ran the show alongside Patrick Roberts and scored a sublime goal from a set piece which somehow squeezed us into the playoffs.

We know what happened after that, but it doesn’t matter. It was a wonderful feeling at the time and it still feels great to look back on.

We didn’t expect, but we received.

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Kyle Garrett says…

Home: Sunderland 5-0 Southampton

After a poor start to the 2023/2024 season, the Lads pulled out one of their best performances in recent times.

We were out of the traps quickly; we took the lead before a minute had been played and were 3-0 up at the break. The match was capped off by Jewi dancing and Chris Rigg heading home for 5-0.

That really kickstarted our season and showed that we were a force.

Away: West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Sunderland

What a day!

Coming from behind against a strong West Brom team with no centre backs on the pitch, capped off by an incredible winning goal.

The feeling after that win was something you could bottle up and I can’t speak for other fans, but that’s when I believed that we really could make the playoffs.

It was one of those away days that you can cherish for a very long time.

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