Sunderland stump Southampton: The Twitter Match Report

Sunderland fought back from 2-0 down against Southampton to make it 2-2 at the final whistle thanks to goals from Fabio Borini and Adam Johnson.

Jay Rodriguez put the away side ahead within seven minutes and then Dejan Lovren scored an acrobatic effort off a corner to put Southampton up 2-0.

However, Borini was quick to respond with Sunderland’s first shot of the match to make it 2-1. The home side continued to battle and it was up to Johnson to slam his shot into the top right hand corner and make it 2-2.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the main events, including Johnson getting “Hodged”….

7 Minutes in – After keeping sunderland pinned back to their own half, Jay Rodriguez put’s an accurate low drive into the bottom corner of Vito Mannone’s net…
20 minutes in – The away side had 76% possession, making 140 out of 160 attempted passes. Sunderland had made just 31 accurate passes, and were yet to have a shot on goal. Lambert misses a great chance to make it 2-0 in the 21st minute.
30 minutes in – A Steven Davies corner finds Dejan Lovren and the Croatian international pulls off an acrobatic volley to find the back of the net

A few minutes later….Fabio Borini springs into life and pegs back the Saints immediately, his scuffed finish tricking into the corner of the net under Artur Boruc.


Half Time – Suddenly the game begun to balance out a little bit. But Southampton still dominated the ball. 71% possession as both sides approached half time. The sides went in at halftime with the scores 2-1. The first 45 were all about Southampton – keen to keep possession, using a high-pressing game and showing great quality on the ball – but Fabio Borini found Sunderland a vital life-line.

After the interval – Sunderland came out fighting after the interval, Gus Poyet clearly having some strong words at half time. Possession began to balance out but still just a single effort on target for the Black Cats. Southampton then had a number of long-range efforts, namely from Luke Shaw and Callum Chambers. But they couldn’t get past Vito Mannone.
Some good forward play saw Rickie Lambert beat the offside trap and put in Jay Rodriguez, only for the early goalscorer to fire wide from an acute angle. Southampton began to assert their dominance one again but couldn’t find the net. Borini finds the net in the 64th minute but the Assistant quickly raised his flag. Good call. the Italian had just strayed.
After 70 minutes – Sunderland had just 30% possession. But out of nowhere, last weekend’s hero Adam Johnson scores a belter to make it 2-2!
Followed by an instant Hodging…

Johnson will be hope the Three Lions gaffer is watching after that strike. The Saints goalie has to put in some six-yard-box heroics to stop another one going in his net minutes later, and suddenly we’re set for a very exciting finish with Sunderland gaining all the momentum. Gaston Ramirez makes a great run on the break and could have had free kick on the edge of the box, but the ref judges it a great tackle from Wes Brown. The Argentine winger takes a serious hit from the Sunderland centre-back and has to go off on the stretcher, just minutes after coming on.
Bizarrely, Dejan Lovren also goes down, and finds himself on another stretcher. Big blow for Southampton with just five minutes remaining.
All the injures added up to seven minutes of stoppage time…where nothing really happened.

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