Manchester City 2 Sunderland 1: Cruel, late loss for Black Cats - how fans reacted on Twitter

Lynden Gooch was bright on his Premier League debut for Sunderland today. Picture by Frank Reid

Lynden Gooch was bright on his Premier League debut for Sunderland today. Picture by Frank Reid

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Sunderland produced an encouraging display on the opening day of the Premier League season today, and Manchester City only scraped home 2-1 thanks to a penalty and an own goal.

Plenty of positives for the Black Cats then. Here are some reactions from Sunderland fans on Twitter.

@ryanboyd93: There’s still work to be done but I’m genuinely looking forward to the future under Moyes. #SAFC #HawayTheLads

@ppaul121: Never expected to win but on balance a draw would be fair #penalty and #owngoal I’m still optimistic #safc

@_GraemeAtkinson: If it wasn’t for bad luck, we’d have no luck at all

@RhysCopeland94: No blame can be put on McNair for that, nothing he could do about it

@SuperkevFTM: A lot to be positive about there. Good debuts for Love and Gooch. Feel for Paddy. We knew what this fixture was and we didn’t do bad. #safc

@Kristophr: Cruel defeats, pretty much the norm. Can’t be too disappointed against city #safc

@JonnyMc93: Tough to take considering the performance. We’ll go again next week with plenty of positives from today #safc

@petewhalen7: Kaboul outstanding today too. Januzaj and Khazri on from the start next week. Hopefully Cattermole and Kirchhoff fit too

@Deggsytweets: Make shift starting XI didn’t get disgraced, had more fight than I thought after conceding early, we move on

@cashsafc: So unlucky, Januzaj excellent, Love held his own, Gooch was direct, Defoe was his usual self, McNair shouldn’t worry. #safc

@RubixSAFC: Plenty of positives like. Gooch arguably our best player; Kaboul and Kone oustanding at the back, Defoe did what Defoe does best

@RGHanson93: Gooch and Januzaj looked good, a lot of improvement needed from Love though

@lukepennock: Absolutely gutted.. cant believe it! Deserved a point! #SAFC

@MorganLowrie: The last Sunderland player to score an OG on his debut was Jan Kirchoff. Loads of positives. Haway the lads

@Mackemkian: Got beat but a lot of positives from that considering the players we’ve missing..

@willcampbell407: Honestly don’t know why #mcfc players applauded their fans, they were shocking, couldn’t hear them at all over #safc fans

@H3nno59: Hang on #safc . We gifted them a penalty and an own goal. I’m happy with that performance. Well done Sunderland.

@RichardH0rsfall: Can’t fault the effort, especially with a weaker RB, midfield 3 and wide man than what we finished the season with.

@ferryhillbuston: We went and gave a decent account of ourselves in that game. Can’t complain

@AndySAFC: A penalty and an own goal was what City’s billions needed to beat us after our shambolic pre-season

@RobKing13: Chin up Paddy son. Big Jan had a nightmare debut too and look how good he is now!!

@MarcFTM: Deserved a point. 2 preventable goals but much more confident in the squad than before kickoff

@LastWordSAFC: Players to return (from injury and the bench), new players hopefully to come in. We’ll be OK. Everything crossed.

@Thuba1990: Well done lads 2 silly defensive errors very unlucky

@Sam96Prior: A penalty and an own goal, didn’t do ourselves any favours. Onwards and upwards though, big game against Boro next week

@FezzaSAFC: Would have had money on us to lose today, a makeshift team with key players missing and we ran them so close. Roll on next week!

@kinglewimcmxc: Januzaj looks like he could do well with a fresh lease of life. Too late for him at #mufc but I wish him luck at #safc.