Fabio reflects on ‘unbelievable’ season

by Kate Smith

Striker looks back on remarkable campaign.

After the full time whistle blew against Swansea City on Sunday the curtain came down on one of the most eventful seasons ever witnessed on Wearside.

Sunderland reached their first cup final in 22 years, did the double over local rivals Newcastle United and went on a five game unbeaten run to come back from being seven points adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League to finish 14th.

Loan star Fabio Borini played a pivotal role in each of those feats and the front man struggled to put into words how proud he was to be part of an unforgettable campaign.

“It’s been such a memorable season,” the Italian told safc.com.

Borini, who moved to Sunderland from Liverpool at the end of the summer transfer window, made 40 appearances during his loan spell at the Stadium of Light and during that time scored 10 goals.

His first strike came in the Wear-Tyne derby in October, a game the 23-year-old cites as his favourite during his time with the club.

“For me the derbies stand out. I’ve never played in games like them for the atmosphere and the passion of the fans – to score in both was good for me.”

The striker was also a key figure in the club’s Capital One Cup success, netting a late equaliser against Chelsea and a second half penalty against Manchester United at the Stadium of Light saw Sunderland progress to the final, before he went one better and gave the Black Cats the lead in the cup final with his early goal.

“Scoring at Wembley is another highlight for me as you would expect,” Borini continued. “But I think what the team achieved at the end of the season was truly amazing.”

Sunderland amassed 13 points in their final six games and in those games Borini partnered Connor Wickham up front, after the young striker returned from his loan spell with Leeds United.

Between them they bagged nine goals in that run, including Borini’s match-winner against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a result that kick-started a four game winning run.

“I think it was an unbelievable run and a fantastic achievement,” Borini explained. “It’s something that will always be remembered and something that should be thought about whenever you find yourself in a difficult situation, and believe that you can achieve what you want to achieve.

“I’ve enjoyed every day of this season, the fans have been a big part of that I hope I’ve paid back their support with my performances because at times they’ve left me speechless.”