Our fans dominated theirs – Wickham

by Kate Smith

Connor admits fans’ backing played huge part in comeback.

Goalscorer Connor Wickham admitted the 5,000 supporters who traveled to the Reebok Stadium were Sunderland’s 12th man against Bolton.

An injury-hit Black Cats side were left stunned as the Championship side took a two-goal lead in the FA Cup with Budweiser third round tie. 

The chance came and I put it in.

- Connor Wickham

However, Wickham believes the unyielding support from the travelling red and white army was enough to inspire a withered squad to take a result from the game.

The striker entered the game as a second half substitute, just before the hour mark with the game at 2-0, and within three minutes he pulled a goal back for Sunderland.

After the game Wickham told “I came on when we were two nil down - we had nothing to lose - I just had to go out and play my best.

“Thankfully we applied the pressure when I went on and I thought we got forward a lot more. The chance came and I put it in, from then we got our tails up and got straight back in the game.”

Craig Gardner grabbed the crucial equaliser for Sunderland, 15 minutes after Wickham’s strike, in trademark fashion with a thunderbolt shot from distance that sent the away into raptures.

“You could hear the fans all the way through the game,” Wickham continued, “especially because the place wasn’t full.

“I think our fans dominated their fans - they didn’t stop the whole way through.

“It was a big stand they were in; with over 5,000 there it was amazing support. It really does help when you hear them cheering you on.”