Black Cats across Wearside are continuing to celebrate Sunday’s record-breaking derby win over Newcastle United – but warned that much more is needed to keep the side from being relegated.
Sunderland made history at the weekend by beating the Magpies 3-0 at the Stadium of Light, meaning it was the first time either team has won six consecutive matches against their rivals – and scores of supporters sent in their own celebration pictures.
The three points took Sam Allardyce’s team above their North East neighbours in the Premier League table, but they remain in the drop zone ahead of next week’s game at Everton.
Veteran support George Forster, chairman of Sunderland Supporters’ Association, said that his team “rode their luck” to get the victory.
“Quite honestly, we were outplayed in the first half,” said George.
“And while the sending off (of Newcastle captain Fabricio Colocinni) was harsh, I suppose it is in the rules of the game.
It’s surely a jinx of some kind. The Newcastle fans must be dreading playing here every season.
“But that aside I’m obviously delighted and hopefully this is the start of something different.
“We haven’t had anything to shout about this season until Sunday.
“I’ve got faith in Sam Allardyce that he can get us out trouble now. He knows how to set up a team.”
On the subject of Sunderland’s incredible run against their nearest and dearest, George added: “It’s surely a jinx of some kind.
“The Newcastle fans must be dreading playing here every season.”
Martyn McFadden, editor in chief of independent fanzine A Love Supreme, said Sunderland were due some luck in the awarding of the penalty and the sending off.
“The national media seem to be very anti-Sunderland about the way the game went,” said Martyn.
“We’ve not had luck this season at all, if you look at last week against West Brom we conceded a goal which should never have been given and at West Ham one of our players was sent off when we controlled the game.
“Newcastle had a lot of possession I admit but so did we when Gus Poyet was in charge and that didn’t get us anywhere. The scoreline was 3-0.
“You’ve got to put the ball in the net.”