With another year almost over, we look back on Sunderland's best memories of a very eventful 12 months.
League Cup semi-final victory
Sunderland proved to be a very good cup side in 2014, with the highlight being their penalty shoot-out win against Manchester United in the semi-final of the League Cup.
After the first leg had ended 2-1 to Sunderland, United levelled the scores – and sent the second encounter into extra-time – after Jonny Evans found the net at Old Trafford. Phil Bardsley thought he had won it after a rare clanger from David de Gea but Javier Hernandez went straight up the other end and did what he does best.
But that was only the start of the drama, with United proving woeful at penalties and Sunderland winning 2-1 in the shoot-out.
Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland
Gus Poyet has the hoodoo over Sunderland’s fierce rivals Newcastle United, and he proved it again here as the Black Cats emphatically defeated the Magpies in February.
In a game no Sunderland fan will ever forget Fabio Borini, Adam Johnson and Jack Colback ensured St James’ Park was well and truly silenced.
League Cup final
They may have lost 3-1 to Manchester City in the final of the League Cup, but this has to be one of their greatest moments of the year.
Despite their league struggles Sunderland went to Wembley and gave a good account of themselves against the eventual Premier League champions.
When Borini put them ahead after just 10 minutes it looked like a fairy tale was on the cards, but a second-half comeback from Manuel Pellegrini’s men meant it was not to be.
Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea
Sunderland have had an up and down campaign to date but their 0-0 draw against Chelsea proved they are a match for anyone and their defence is mightily impressive.
The Blues had been scoring for fun but Poyet’s men held firm and earned a fantastic point.
Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland
Another derby day of delight, this time just a few short weeks ago, when Sunderland overcame Newcastle with a last-gasp winner from Johnson.
The result meant the Black Cats are undefeated in their last six matches against Newcastle and can score no matter how late in the day it may be.