The brilliant photos of Sunderland fans at Wembley seven years on since gallant cup final defeat
On this day in 2014, Sunderland faced Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
Gus Poyet’s Black Cats were seeking their first major trophy since the famous 1973 FA Cup win against Leeds United.
And Sunderland deservedly led at half-time through Fabio Borini's goal after 10 minutes, which sent supporters at Wembley into sheer delirium.
But it wasn’t to be.
The final turned to Manchester City’s favour inside two minutes.
City struck in the 55th and 56th minutes to take the lead against the hard-working Sunderland.
Yaya Toure (did he mean it?) equalised with a finish from 25 yards, before Samir Nasri's spectacular strike changed the entire course of the game.
Substitute Jesus Navas added a third in the final minute to give the scoreline a harsh appearance given the way in which Sunderland matched City for so long.
"I'm sad, I hate it but I'm proud," said Poyet after the game. "I saw my team today so I am proud of them. I didn't want any mistakes, any bad decisions, sending-off or own-goals. We had the best shot that we had, we tried our best. We tried our best, we need to be proud.”
But despite the result, it was a memorable day for Sunderland and their team, with thousands of fans descending on London for the historic cup final.
Here, we take a look at some of the best photos of Black Cats supporters inside Wembley seven years on since the match against Manchester City: