Opinion: Talking points from our Easter Monday draw

Matt Godden struck in injury-time to earn play-off hopefuls Peterbrough United a point over Sunderland on Easter Monday.

Here, we reflect on five talking points from the game and the result… 

OUT OF OUR HANDS

Results on Monday did not go in Sunderland’s favour with all the sides around them picking up vital victories. 

Portsmouth won 2-1 against Coventry City in the early kick-off while Barnsley won 3-0 away at Plymouth Athletic and Charlton Athletic hammered Scunthorpe United 4-0. 

That, coupled with our draw at the Posh, means that Sunderland’s promotion fate no longer remains within their control. 

With a huge game at the weekend against Portsmouth though, it is conceivable that this time next week our fate could be back within our own hands if we win and Barnsley drop points in their fixture. 

THE POWER WAY

“Kids, there's three ways to do things. The right way, the wrong way and the Max Power way!” - Homer Simpson

The best thing about Max Power scoring a goal is that it is a timely reminder of his Homer Simpson connections.

His goal at the weekend looked to have set Sunderland well on their way to a crucial victory only for a Godden goal to snatch away the points.

But, it must be said that Max’s strike was a stunning one and was worthy of all three points. 

THE RED AND WHITE MASSES

Everywhere we have been this season, the Sunderland fans have followed in their numbers. Whether it be over 40,000 at Wembley or sell outs at pretty much every away ground we have visited, the fans have been with us all the way. 

At the weekend, we took nearly 4,000 fans down to the ABAX Stadium and they were vocal in their support of the lads from the first whistle. 

With two away games left to play, the Sunderland fans will be vital in cheering the team into picking up some precious points. 

POSH REMAIN IN CONTENTION

The draw at the weekend may not have been any good for Sunderland, but the Posh kept themselves in play-off contention with a draw.

They sit just three points behind Doncaster Rovers and could overtake them before the season is over if they play at the levels they showed on Monday. 

THE RETURN OF… 

Chris Maguire broke his leg back in February against Gillingham and his return has been eagerly anticipated by Sunderland fans ever since.

His trickery and creativity have been sorely missed in the side and his return on Monday was greeted with rapturous applause by the travelling Sunderland fans. 

With three league games remaining, Chris will no doubt have a huge say in whether we can pick up maximum points and give ourselves the best chance of automatic promotion.

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