League One saw a meeting between two teams who have seen better days on Saturday.
Sunderland and Ipswich, of course, are former Premier League sides who have fallen from grace in recent years. Now, they are both fighting for a playoff place as they look for promotion back to the Championship.
In this clash at the Stadium of Light, it was the Black Cats who ended up coming away with all three points, and they have Chris Maguire to thank for the victory. The 31-year-old scored the only goal of the match as his side won 1-0, and the supporters were delighted with his goal.
Thought we were ooor first half nothing in mf. Second half different side more urgency and should have been 2 or 3 nil but what a goal by Maguire. Probs give him MOM for the goal #SAFC
— SAFC Dolphins (@sportmad72) February 8, 2020
3 Pts decision to leave Wyke on where he can be support striker with lafferty and then a sweet finish from maguire was coo #SAFC
— Theo Cassop-Thompson (@TheoCT98) February 8, 2020
Chris Maguire providing the goods once again, wonderful man
— liv (@livvhutchison) February 8, 2020
keemannn 💪🔴⚪️ a huge 3 points today, the kind of hard fought victory, against a strong side, which gives me a lot of faith in this team going forward! not to mention that absolute peach of a strike from maguire 🔥👑 #SAFC pic.twitter.com/V8IkrwZlvb
— Jack Talbot (@jacktalbot1) February 8, 2020
In a tight game such as this, one moment of magic can make all the difference, and that ended up being the case in regards to Maguire’s fantastic finish.
Other fans, meanwhile, were delighted with his overall display.
Messi has photos of chris maguire on his wall.
— Owensara (@Owensara5) February 8, 2020
Chris Maguire, you are an artist.
— the wask (@waskerleyway) February 8, 2020
Chris Maguire vs Ipswich (H)
3 key passes
100% dribble success rate
76% passing accuracy
75% ground duels won
4 tackles won
— Speak Sunderland (@SpeakSAFC) February 8, 2020
HUGE 3 POINTS for #SAFC today and that man Maguire back in form today!
HAWAY THE LADS!!!
— The Wearside Podcast (@TheWearside) February 8, 2020
That led to him picking up a SofaScore rating of 8.2 – the highest on the pitch. Although it may be a bit of a push to say that Lionel Messi is a big fan!
Phil Parkinson will be hoping this pushes the north-east side to climb further up the table.