EAST Durham’s Sunderland fans who were not able to get to Wembley for the thrilling final of the Capital One Cup packed into the local clubs and pubs.
We joined supporters for the game in a packed Easington Southside Social Club.
Scores of fans, any wearing their red and white shirts and draped in scarves, crowded around three large TV screens and it was standing room only.
They went through a rollercoaster of emotions after Sunderland looked the better team for the majority of the game.
Supporters nearly lifted the roof off the club when the Black Cats took an early lead after Fabio Borini gave Sunderland a dream start.
They went into half-time looking comfortable and the drinks flowed smoothly.
But fans were stunned into silence soon after the start of the second-half when Manchester City’s Yaya Toure scored a wonder strike from 25 yards.
Supporters in the club were disappointed but had to admit the goal was unstoppable.
Fans barely had time to catch their breath before City doubled their through another good goal from Samir Nasri.
Despite going behind fans remained positive as another goal would see their team right back in it.
But Steven Fletcher fluffed a great chance to level with just a few minutes to go.
And it was game over when City sealed their victory moments later.
Despite the score line supporters said they had much to be proud of.
Paul Dryden, 46, from Peterlee, said: “It was a couple of world class goals that sunk Sunderland in the end.
“It was a good display and they really played well.”
Darren Williams, 44, from Horden, said: “At the end of the day we got to the final and a lot of teams didn’t.
“The lads have got nothing to be ashamed of, they played well.”
Ian Goynes, 59, a retired local government worker, said: “I thought they did brilliant.
“In the first half they were the better side and two super goals in the second half sealed the game.”
Craig McGee, a 32-year-old taxi driver, of Haswell, said: “I thought we were very unlucky.
“It was a good goal by Sunderland. I’m disappointed but we still have the FA Cup to come.”