SUNDERLAND’S stunning result at Stamford Bridge last Saturday has been formally recognised by The League Managers Association who gave it their ‘Performance of the Week’ award.
The 2-1 win over Chelsea ended Jose Mourinho’s staggering undefeated home record and had a seismic impact at the top and bottom of the Premier League.
And a five-man panel, comprising LMA chairman and former Sunderland boss Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry were in unanimous agreement that the Black Cats’ victory deserved the accolade.
Goals from Connor Wickham and Fabio Borini condemned Chelsea to their first home defeat in 78 games under Mourinho after Blues’ striker Samuel Eto’o had initially opened the scoring.
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet received a specially engraved crystal football (pictured) in a presentation to commemorate the award.
After Sunderland’s win over Chelsea built on excellent displays against Manchester City and Everton, the Black Cats now head into this Sunday’s crunch game against relegation rivals Cardiff City.
Tickets are still available for the game which kicks off at midday this Sunday priced £25 for adults, £19 for over 65s and £10 for under 16s.
But the club has pointed out that that there are now only a few thousand left.
Tickets can be bought in person from the Stadium of Light ticket office, by calling the credit card hotline on 0871 911 1973 or by visiting www.safc.com/tickets.