Sunderland drew 2-2 away to Watford but were denied two legitimate goals by referee Kevin Friend.
Jack Rodwell put the visitors 1-0 up and Duncan Watmores goal was then denied for an apparent offside to make it two. Sebastian Prodl made it 1-1 but Jeremain Lens scored moments later to put the Black Cats ahead.
Two calamitous decisions came from Kevin Friend when Dame N’doye’s goal was denied for offside and then a penalty was given for a ‘foul’ by John O’shea. Troy Deeney scored from the spot to make it 2-2.
Sunderland were already safe after winning at home against Everton last Wednesday evening.
Dame N’doye held the ball up well but lacked composure in front of goal, although he did score with a diving header which was un-rightfully disallowed. Jeremain Lens netted a goal and also set up the first for Rodwell. Jeremain clearly has ability but his work-rate separates him from being a regular fixture in the Sunderland first eleven. Watmore was Sunderland’s best player on the pitch today, providing width to every counter attack. Kone and O’shea played well but the Kone without Younes Kaboul didn’t look as steady on the ball and had spells when he looked nervy. Whether or not that was the unfamiliar partnership alongside O’shea or the fact he had played three games in just over a week both him and Kaboul will most likely be the two at Centre Half next season.
So that’s another season over and done with and Sunderland fans can’t have asked for a better end to it. Unbeaten in six and losing just once in the last 11, and that loss coming to the new champions, Leicester City.
Survival has been key and we’ve done exactly that but it’s going to be important to push on and away next year from the annual relegation battle in the 2016/17 season. Fans find themselves saying: ‘next year is going to be different’ every year but many will truly believe under Sam Allardyce it is.
Stay tuned for my blog posts throughout the Summer for transfer news and all things Sunderland.
I’ll be out in France for the month cheering on England and will be hoping to write some content on my time out there.
Thanks to everyone who has read and shared my content this season!
Ha’way the lads!