10 key games that led to Sunderland’s shameful relegation to League One

George Honeyman.
George Honeyman.
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Sunderland have been battling relegation all season, the club’s fate finally sealed in the final minutes against Burton Albion.

Winger Aiden McGeady had said in the build-up to the game that if Sunderland lost to Burton they didn’t deserve to stay up.

And the Black Cats will be playing League One football next season for only the second time in the club’s proud history.

The Black Cats were leading Burton Albion at the Stadium of Light heading into the final few minutes thanks to Paddy McNair’s low strike.

But a shambolic end which started with Darren Bent’s 86th minute header and ended with Liam Boyce’s added-time winner in the 92nd minute saw Sunderland relegated.

In a dramatic finale John O’Shea saw a header hit the crossbar and Sunderland controversially had a 95th minute equaliser from McNair ruled out for handball, cue despair on Wearside.

We examine 10 key games that has led to Sunderland’s demise.