This deleted Sunderland tweet preceded the ‘Miracle of Bristanbul’
It really was a game of two halves at Ashton Gate.
Sunderland’s unlikely comeback at Bristol City will have left fans who headed home early red-faced, but they weren’t the only ones who got it wrong.
With the relegation-threatened Black Cats travelling to promotion hopefuls Bristol City, a result looked a tough ask ahead of kick-off, and it didn’t take long for any fears to become reality.
4' @bcfctweets take a 1-0 lead through Flint. The #SAFC defence failed to track the runner and he took it down and away from Camp before tapping it home from close range. A truly awful start at Ashton Gate...— Sunderland AFC 🔴⚪ (@SunderlandAFC) February 10, 2018
Going 1-0 down after just four minutes, it really was an awful start, and things only got worse from there.
Three goals down just 37 minutes in, some fans headed for the exits, and Sunderland’s social media account couldn’t blame them.
The tweet was swiftly deleted but looked an accurate representation of the feeling among supporters.
However, the decision to scrap the post looked better and better as the second half wore on, with Sunderland getting one goal back, then two, before…
90' THEY BLOODY HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!— Sunderland AFC 🔴⚪ (@SunderlandAFC) February 10, 2018
IT'S THREE-THREE!!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/RzqpfXP8nl
An unlikely point earned, the Black Cats’ social media team appeared a little more jovial than they had done 45 minutes earlier.
Bristanbul.— Sunderland AFC 🔴⚪ (@SunderlandAFC) February 10, 2018
Now, let's make sure this is the start of something. pic.twitter.com/LowFoTYldS
Will Bristanbul – a play on Liverpool’s Champions League final comeback from 3-0 down against AC Milan in Istanbul in 2005 – prove to be the start of something special for Sunderland?