Sunderland couldn’t quite put the Black Cats among the pigeons in the title race by defeating Chelsea, who emerged from this stalemate still top of the Premier League table, unbeaten and still on course to be ‘Invincible’ this season.
But the hosts did, with great resiliance, show that the London club are not unstoppable, and in doing so gave a glimmer of hope to challengers that the season isn’t blue all over just yet.
Sunderland’s manager Gus Poyet pulled no punches in his programme notes about the disparity in quality between the teams.‘Everybody knows that Chelsea are better than us technically, physically and mentally,’ he wrote.
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