Sunderland supporters couldn’t contain their delight tonight after their team won its first home game in just less than a year.
Fans roared with delight as the final whistle blew, securing the Black Cats’ first home victory in what has been nearly a year of continuous disappointment for the club.
As happy Sunderland AFC supporters streamed out of the Stadium of Light, many said it seemed that the heart had been put back into the club.
And for some young fans its was one of the first times they had seen their team win at home, with the 1-0 win against Fulham ending the 21-game famine.
Among the fans celebrating at the full-time whistle were William Jobling, 60, with grandson Wayne Surtees, seven, both from Sunderland.
Wayne said: “They have played better and it is the best game I have seen this season.”
December 17, 2016, was the last time the Black Cats’ long-suffering faithful saw them triumph at the Stadium of Light when they defeated Watford 1-0 in the Premier League.
Fans praised substitute Josh Maja for his 77th-minute strike and seemed hopeful that it was the start of great things with new manager Chris Coleman.
The narrow win over the boss’s former side was also enough to lift them one point clear of the Championship relegation zone.
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