Max Power explains real meaning behind his viral Sunderland goal celebration as they beat Oxford United 3-1 on Good Friday.
As most of us saw, the 27 year old Englishman celebrated his goal, which came deep into injury time, by sliding in front of the visiting bench before being joined by his teammates.
Max Power celebrating in front of the Oxford boss after a fight in the tunnel at half time 💉 pic.twitter.com/64AE9KFNXq
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“I’ve took a fair bit of abuse from that Oxford bench in the three years I’ve been at this club, whether it’s been home or away,” he explained.
“Go back to the game I got sent off against them, I thought the red card was harsh that day and it could have went either way.
“I remember walking off the pitch and getting abuse that day, so it’s swings and roundabouts. Something was said to me at half-time but I’ve had the last laugh. I’ll leave it at that.”
Power was pleased with the character shown by the side to battle their way back having fallen behind.
“I thought it was two good sides in the division,” he said of the clash.
“Even before the season started I fancied Oxford to challenge this year. I think they suffered a bit from a play-off defeat, took a bit of a slow start to get going, but they have got some good players.
“But so have we, we’ve got a lot of threats on the pitch and I think we started the game pretty well.
“We had a 15-minute spell where we started playing a game that suited them. The pitch was very stretched and we’re strong when we’re in a compact shape in to out and we can feed our wide men.
“We’re disappointed from the goal we conceded, I think me and Scowy can do better in the middle of the pitch, and sometimes you’re at your most vulnerable when you’re attacking and I think that was the case there.
“But we’ve showed great character to come back. I enjoyed that win today.”
‘𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘺 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦.’
Max Power’s take on today’s game.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) April 2, 2021
The match was largely marred by allegations of a half-time incident which claimed to see a Sunderland coach headbutt Oxford keeper Jack Stevens.
Power was asked post-match whether coming away from the game of that nature can give them an extra push for promotion.
“I don’t think it adds any more,” he replied.
“But I was really pleased that as a squad we backed each other today. Both on the pitch and I won’t go into too much off the pitch.
“It’s an emotional sport, a tribal sport of team backing each other. I have no issue with what’s said to me, I feel like I’ve had the last laugh today but all the best to Oxford for the rest of the season.”
Fans reacted as Max Power explains real meaning behind that viral Sunderland goal celebration…
@TerryHobkirk: Can someone tell me the timeline of when Power shaved his head and when we started being mint? I reckon the two are linked
@SAFCNP: Max power easing the nerves perfectly. Great celebration too. Get the fucking tunes on!
@anorthernbullet: Excellent work again from Power
@HezzaSafc: What a fucking celebration from max power
@modmcdermott: For years and years I’ve thought Weve had a soft underbelly. We now seem to be horrible, getting In people faces. Were dirty northern Bastards and we love it.
@M_Keeling: Our greatest ever tbh. Statue soon.
@CalSAFCFTM: 🔴⚪️♥️ Our Captain, The Passion that this man shows for our club is amazing 🙌 MAX POWER!! ♥️💫
@NathFryatt: Love the aggression, passion & bite we seemed to have gained recently, all the players are proper up for it.
@juliesund: Brilliant interview, this lad is soooo fired up. Good on him. I delighted he’s playing for us and not against
@mgs0970: Good interview. Proving himself as captain.
@afootyeducation: Max Power’s post-match comments are interesting. Says the Oxford bench have always given him a lot of stick in recent years; hence the celebration today. Karl Robinson and his band of men aren’t the nice guys we are all led to believe are they?
Here for all the Oxford fans pic.twitter.com/bABE3reiLY
— antoneee✌🏻. (@antoneee_x) April 2, 2021