Sunderland may have lost to Manchester City in the final of the Capital One Cup, but they have a lot of admirers judging by the response to their defeat.
For a time it looked like a Hollywood ending was on the cards. Sunderland strode proudly in at half-time at Wembley a goal to the good, courtesy of an impressive Fabio Borini.
The on-loan striker had given the Black Cats a 10th-minute lead with a fine strike, and Gus Poyet's men were deserving of that lead. And then came the wonder-strikes, with first Yaya Toure and then Samir Nasri turning the match on its head in little over a minute.
Jesus Navas went on to finish the match as a contest with a late third, but Sunderland and their fans can, and no doubt will, take great pride in the performance of a side still fighting for their Premier League future. Today though, it was all about potential fairy tales.
It was not to be, but it appears Sunderland have collected a considerable amount of admirers since Poyet took charge.
When we took to Twitter after the match, it was not just fans of the Black Cats who were praising them. It appeared people up and down the country wanted to get involved in the love-in.
City may have had 62% possession and twice as many shots on target as their opponents, but the efforts of those opponents were what prompted a tweet or 10.
We have gathered a selection of them below...but there were a lot more. In short, it appears Poyet has transformed the club not just on the pitch, but also in terms of a neutral's perspective.
See what the fans thought below:
Credit to Sunderland. Ultimately money power won but poyet's tactic of starting 3cms was bang on target & did make it tough for yaya & co— varun nair (@varunDmanc) March 2, 2014
Sunderland & Gus Poyet deserve massive credit for how they played today - think that will be the catalyst for them staying up!!— James Audley (@JAudley89) March 2, 2014
Honestly, Sunderland has been playing like a top of the table team since poyet became manager, and it's nice too see them playing well.— Jordan Cabot (@JordanCabot) March 2, 2014
Full credit to Sunderland for making a real game of it. Their players battled well and were a credit to Gus Poyet and their great fans.— Warren (@zawtowers) March 2, 2014
Gutted for Gus Poyet, worked wonders at Sunderland so far, would of been fantastic to see him lift silverware in his first season— Jaquob Crooke (@Jaquob_bcfc) March 2, 2014
Poyet wanted his side to do themselves justice and that's exactly what Sunderland did. #SAFC— Chris Young (@YoungSunEcho) March 2, 2014
Alright Gus Poyet Let's see this effort for Sunderland for the rest of the season, couple more goals for Borini and they can do really well!— mohammed (@LFC_Hafo) March 2, 2014
Regardless of the cup loss, what Gus Poyet has done at Sunderland is nothing short of a miracle.— Alan Jacobson (@MrTuktoyaktuk) March 2, 2014
Got the say Poyet has done wonderfully well for Sunderland. Club was a mess before he arrived, now they look like a strong and commited side— Rory Greenfield (@PapaG84) March 2, 2014
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