Fans have decided to mock Sunderland after seeing a tweet posted on the official club’s Twitter account following a pre-season game.
The League One outfit took on Spennymoor Town of the National League North, and it would seem some thought it was going to be a lot more one-sided than it was.
A collection of supporters were far from happy as they watched their club start off their pre-season schedule with a 2-2 draw away to their sixth-tier opponents.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) July 3, 2021
Sunderland’s friendly at Spennymoor Town at Brewery Field on Saturday afternoon saw goals either side of half-time from Aiden O’Brien and Ellis Taylor.
Joe Tait and Jason Kennedy turned the scoreline around in favour of the hosts shortly after the break to cancel out O’Brien’s opener, however teenager Taylor supplied the leveller with 22 minutes left on the clock.
Lee Johnson’s first-team squad featured throughout the first half, with Michael Proctor overseeing a youthful side for the second 45.
The first chance of the game came on the third minute mark, when Lynden Gooch’s pass picked out Ross Stewart who squared for Will Grigg, but the striker found himself off balance as he looked to divert it towards goal.
Stewart then got the ball in the net himself after getting onto a pass, but the assistant’s offside flag denied him, then O’Brien’s shot hit back off the post midway through the half.
However, it was not to be long before the forward got his next opportunity, this time opening the scoring as Spennymoor’s trialist goalkeeper dropped an airborne cross, providing O’Brien a simple finish.
The hosts’ key opportunity to level the score came 35 minutes in, as Glen Taylor got in behind and saw his square pass crucially intercepted by Tom Flanagan, before trying a shot himself which arrowed just wide past Lee Burge’s full-stretch dive.
Grigg then provided Stewart with a headed chance eight yards out, which the striker nodded just onto the roof of the net, prior to Jack Diamond testing the Spennymoor stopper from 20 yards out, forcing him into a low diving save.
The second half saw the introduction of many of the club’s Under-23 squad, with all 11 players being rotated at the interval.
The home side also made numerous changes, and flew from the traps in the half, turning the game on its head early on. Firstly, Joe Tait sent a bullet header high into the net from a free-kick delivery, before Jason Kennedy fired home from close range as the Lads failed to clear their lines.
As the chances dried up for the Moors, the young Lads grew into the contest and earned their just rewards midway through the half, 18-year-old Taylor hammering a sweet left-footed strike home from just inside the area to level.
The best opportunity carved out following the equaliser was a chance for Spennymoor’s Taylor once more, who fired wide in the final minute whilst one-on-one with Anthony Patterson – seeing the pre-season opener play out to a 2-2 draw.
Sunderland AFC: Burge (Patterson 46), Gooch (Kachosa 46), Diamond (Dyce 46, Newall 80), Winchester (Wilding 46), Wright (Jessup 46), Flanagan (Almond 46), Neil (Sohna 46, Scott 80), Embleton (Wearne 46), Grigg (Harris 46), Stewart (Taylor 46), O’Brien (Dunne 46).
As mentioned, fans mock Sunderland after seeing tweet on club’s official Twitter account, there was also other reaction…
They were a good physical side..how far have we fallen? Dear me.
— stephen scott (@stephen79016425) July 3, 2021
#safc At the time of writing this we are 2-1 down to Spennymoor Town. We have 13 senior players, no kit and no where further forward in our hopes to strengthen the squad. Why is Sunderland the only club that feels like they take 1 step forward and 1,000 steps back. #leagueone pic.twitter.com/giC0MZ0iIe
— SMcD4 🔴⚪ (@Samcd41) July 3, 2021
— LJ (@SAFCLJ25) July 3, 2021
@ftblCoxy: WAIT WHAT HAHAHAHAHAHAA
@joshuaharris20: Pissing the league this year
@LiamSAFC17: No wonder I have depression 😕
@Fieldo100: Worth remembering our reserve team would be beating Spennymoor in the not too distant past, in pre-season. I know we’re a league one club, but always worth remembering not to let this be ‘our level’ 🔴⚪️ #safc
@NUFC_BERTIE: Wait wait Sunderland drew 2-2 with spennymoor town 🤣🤣🤣
@geordiehorsman: I think we’re doing spennymoor an injustice here aswell, it was actually a good result for Sunderland 🎣😂
@NMuzzaa: what a result vs a team 5 divisions below you 🔥🔥🔥🔥
@Nick__T__: Have you ever seen a #mackem in Spennymoor? Well done for your fighting draw yesterday against @SpennymoorTown @e_sunderland @SunderlandEcho #MindTheGap
@cyptoon: Anyway just gave me heed a wobble, did Sunderland get a 2-2 draw Vs Spennymoor 😳 #NUFC #SAFC
@LiamDowson_55: Hard luck Sunderland, never nice seeing a team like Sunderland draw to a club who are 5 leagues below them.
@Jayden7i: Drawing to Spennymoor 😂😂
@AbdAisaac: scenes not being able to beat a team that I’m pretty sure taddy smashed in the league
@neilmcloram: To think I was worried about next season, and yet here we are holding the mighty Spennymoor to a draw, on their home patch. It’s looking good.
@DiegoMaradobbn: Good result that. Looked a really tricky fixture when I heard it was taking place on grass with a ball.
@Rob_saunders6: Drawing with a non league club with about 8 first team players available 🥴 love my club
@AdamJamesRoper: Hahahahahahah what a fucking club
@Adam78476121: ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC PERFORMANCE!!!!!!!!!
@OrwiteTreacle: Sundrawland AFC starting as we mean to go on 😍
— cheesystrings (@s_mufc_) July 3, 2021
Sunderland drawing against a team 5 divisions below pic.twitter.com/pDeF8wmxdM
— ً (@ConnorNUFC_) July 3, 2021