Steven Bourke: Sunderland fans hope to avoid another nerve-racking season

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat celebrates his sides 0-0 draw at Arsenal.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat celebrates his sides 0-0 draw at Arsenal.

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Cast your minds back...with only two remaining games left in the season could the Black Cats survive a big night in London?

Everything looked certain on paper for the Gunners to washout the Black Cats at the Emirates; mind games from the manager a completely different story.

Sunderland were heading into another uphill battle game; with only two games to play, all they needed to stay in the top flight was a point.

With the team having a few important players missing - against the odds - the Black Cats became a strong defensive side for the night. Right from the start things were touch and go for the players; the Gunners pounding the defensive wall with bullets, needing excellent saves from Costel Pantilimon to keep them out.

Plenty of chances came and went for the Black Cats with nail biting and frantic stops, everything started to look like the game was under wraps.

Once the final whistle blew, cheers of delight from the travelling fan. The Black Cats were once again staying in the top flight for the ninth straight time.

Tears were falling from Advocaat’s eyes all because he did the impossible and turned the team around from another dismissal display.

The fans and the players can look back at this season and think that it was all a dream.

They hope the club don’t keep the fans on another nail biting finish to a very long; sweating and heart pounding season.

* This article was sent into the Echo by a reader for our new Black Cats eight-page supplement, titled The Roar! - which will be in the paper every Wednesday.

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