Sunderland climbed to within just two points of the League One automatic promotion places on Saturday with a 2-1 win at home to Walsall.
They fell behind in just the fourth minute with Josh Gordon firing the relegation threatened Sadlers into the lead, but Jack Ross’s side fought back.
Just after the half-hour mark, Lee Cattermole popped up at the back post to volley the home side level and drag them back into the game.
Sunderland were now well and top and after a host of good opportunities, they finally edged in front when Will Grigg converted Charlie Wyke’s lay-off.
A special mention needs to go to one of our flag-bearers on Saturday…
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) March 18, 2019
It is possible, that the Black Cats were inspired to win by the pre-match actions of the one of the club’s young flag-bearers.
As they were waiting for the teams to emerge, one of them was drenched by a rogue sprinkler on the pitch.
Admirably, he maintained his spot and continued to wave, despite now being soaked from head to toe.
Here is what the fans had to say on the incident…
Sunderland til I drown!
— Dennis Fairbrass (@blackycatty66) March 18, 2019
I do hope sunderland gave him a free football top for that commitment
— Scott Abbott (@saabbott1974) March 18, 2019
— Ademir Gomes (@AdemirGomes5) March 18, 2019
Come on that's a mention in dispatchers surely!! Never left his post! Braved the storm ????
— Tom2484 (@Tom24841) March 18, 2019
Thoughts and prayers
— Divvey Fallfan (@Divveyfallfan) March 18, 2019
— ox (@JamesJamesox) March 18, 2019
Hopefully someone got him a Bovril after being soaked
— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) March 18, 2019