We may have won their last season, but trips to the Stadium of Light haven’t exactly resulted in many positives over the years.
So to come away with a point yesterday should be seen as a good result, not least because it keeps us in the top four and sets us up nicely for our home game against rock-bottom Leicester City next Saturday.
Much has been made of Sunderland’s penalty where, without doubt, Adam Johnson clearly dived to fool the referee into pointing to the spot. But Winston Reid was lucky not to have been penalised for his handball in the second half, so it evened itself up in the end. It was a fair point and one that extends our unbeaten run to four games.
On the whole, Hammers fans are pretty made up with how the season is going so far, although Twitter wasn’t short of the obligatory moaners last night as some fans continued to moan about not winning and not going third in the league. Mental.
Anyway, it’s always nice to know what the opposition thought of the game, West Ham and our fans on the day. So I’ve scanned a couple of their message boards and Twitter to guage the opinion amongst the Black Cats fans.
And it consisted mostly of frustration towards Jozy Altidore, which reminded me a lot of our frustration with Modibo Maiga, and the feeling that they earned a good point against a decent side.
Here’s a bunch of comments from our friends up north…
“Point isn’t to bad, West ham looked good today solid at the back, Song ran the show.”
TRobot – readytogo.net
“Another point. At least we had a go though, West Ham are a good team and I would say that we could have won. Had chances in the 2nd half.”
Fireball07 – readytogo.net
“West Ham look a decent team to be fair. Pace, power and a couple of cheats.”
G Force – readytogo.net
“Still mystified as to why someone as good as Song is at West Ham.”
SYB_DC – readytogo.net
— Reece Hanson (@RGHanson93) December 13, 2014
— Mark Rowntree (@uptheirons007) December 13, 2014
Pleased with a point against an inform West Ham team, although we do lack pace to get in behind their defence #SAFC
— Luke Lee (@LukeLegendLee) December 13, 2014
Haven’t seen any West Ham fans comment on that hand ball not being given, all about the penalty. Fickle bunch aren’t they
— Adam Jurgens (@adam_jurgens) December 14, 2014
Credit to West Ham fans who travelled up today, especially in the run up to Christmas, always nice to see a packed away end — A Love Supreme (@ALS_Fanzine) December 13, 2014
Forgot to say earlier, but West Ham fans singing Paolo di Canio was quite exceptional banter
— Sam McBride (@SamSAFC_McBride) December 13, 2014
The West Ham fans were bloody awful — Charlotte. (@charlsafc) December 13, 2014