Despite cup final defeat, Sunderland fans spoke warmly of their pride in their team’s performance.
It was the classic case of a game of two halves when Sunderland took on Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley yesterday.
The Black Cats started strongly, outplaying their expensively assembled opponents, with striker Fabio Borini’s 10th minute goal being no more than they deserved.
But in the second half City came alive thanks to a wonder goal by star midfielder Yaya Toure and eventually ran out 3-1 victors.
However, the fans in red and white stayed loyal to the end, still singing and chanting the names of their cup final heroes and left Wembley stadium with their heads held high.
Following the final whistle, they praised their team for the fight they showed on the pitch.
And despite a return to Premier League reality this week which sees them in a relegation battle, many were hopeful of what the future held after the players’ performance yesterday.
Martyn McFadden, editor of Sunderland fanzine A Love Supreme, said: “It’s a shame it did not finish the way we wanted. As the match went on Man City had a few minutes when they scored two goals and that was it.
“It was a good weekend for the fans, Sunderland pretty much took over London.
“I did not see a Man City fan in any pub in Covent Garden. The end result was not the happy ending we were looking for. They did alright, they started really well and kept the ball well in the first half but Man City came out guns blazing in the second half and it was too much for us in the end.
“I think it is a great achievement to get to the final. We have the quarter final of the FA cup next week and if we beat Hull, and I am sure we are more than capable of beating them, that will be a good tonic to get over this one.”
On Twitter, fans rushed to give their analysis of the match.
Father Marc Lyden-Smith, club chaplain at Sunderland, tweeted: “If Sunderland play like that for the rest of the season they WILL stay up and possibly be back at Wembley in the FA Cup.”
He added: “We dared and we dreamt. We gave a worthy account of ourselves and we should be very proud of our club, our players and out fans.”
One user Gracie wrote: “I am absolutely gutted about Sunderland but you know what! We did so well and the Sunderland supporters were chanting to the very last second.”
Clive Atkinson wrote: “Extremely proud of Sunderland today, never gave up.”
Jonathan Blakie took to the social media site to say: “No complaints about losing to a team that have billions to spend on the worlds best players, we were great today, Sunderland till I die.”
He added: “There were 30 seconds left of the match and all you could hear was Sunderland fans, just shows what this club is about.”
Ben Conroy took to his Twitter and wrote: “Forget the result I love my team, the boys played so well.”
Beth Hopper wrote: “Never been so proud to be a Sunderland fan, beat by two unstoppable goals. Both teams played unreal.”
Although some fans failed to hide their disappointment, including famous face Lauren Laverne who simply wrote on her Twitter: “BOO. #SAFC”, when the final whistle went.