Sunday Supplement: Roker End flag display gets first sighting

Sunderland and Coventry put on a thriller at the Stadium of Light, with the visitor’s running out 5-4 winners.

FLAG DISPLAY GETS FIRST VIEWING

Independent Supporters’ Group, Red and White Army, have been working relentlessly behind the scenes all season to help improve the atmosphere at the Stadium of Light and that work came to fruition prior to the game yesterday.

Sunderland fans in the Roker End were in full voice with flags in hand as the teams entered the pitch to a cauldron of noise.

We all know that the Lads have great fans, and there were over 36,000 of them at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, but the added boost of the flag display will undoubtedly improve the atmosphere moving forward.

NOT A CLOUD IN SIGHT FOR SKY BLUES

Coventry City have endured a fall from grace over the last 20 years – as they fell from Premier League constants to League Two.

At the Stadium of Light yesterday, they proved they are indeed a sleeping giant as they brought thousands of fans who roared them on throughout the match and helped to create a big game atmosphere.

HIGHEST SCORING LEAGUE MATCH AT THE SOL

The Stadium of Light has been open for 22 years now and it has seen many magical games.

But never in a league game have nine goals been scored. Yes, we did beat Exeter City 6-3 back in 2015 but that was in the League Cup.

Saturday was arguably the most bonkers game to ever take place at the Stadium of Light – with both sides creating chance after chance it could easily have finish nine-all!

WORK TO DO

Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth and Barnsley all picked up maximum points in their fixtures – making the promotion race even more exciting.

The Addicks defeated table-toppers Luton at The Valley 3-1, while Barnsley defeated Fleetwood Town 4-2 at Oakwell and Portsmouth hammered Rochdale 4-1 at Fratton Park.

Those results, coupled with our 5-4 defeat, means that we fall to third, but automatic promotion remains in our hands.

FIRST HOME LOSS

Sunderland have had very steady home form so far this season and were without a defeat until yesterday.

Coventry’s win means that we have won 11, drawn nine and lost one at the Stadium of Light this season.

This defeat was also the first time Sunderland have lost at home by five goals since 1981 when we conceded five against Manchester United.

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