After an eventful transfer window in Wearside, Sunderland manager Chris Coleman was looking to get to grips with his new squad, as the Black Cats looked to escape the drop to League One last season.
The Black Cats had addressed some key areas in the window, bringing in the likes of Ovie Ejaria, Ashley Fletcher and Lee Camp on deadline day.
But the North East club still had a huge task on their hands if they were to avoid the drop from the Championship, and a 2-0 home defeat to Ipswich Town just days after the deadline brought them back down to Earth.
Things were starting to get quite severe for Sunderland, and they would have to start picking up points sooner rather than later. Here, we take a look at the reaction when Coleman’s men drew 3-3 with Bristol City away from home.
It was a result that everyone though would turn the club’s fortunes around.
A trip to Ashton Gate isn’t the easiest of trips at any time, but Lee Johnson’s men well in and around the play-off mix, and were looking to cement their place in the top six.
And the Robins started off magnificently well, steamrolling into a commanding 3-0 lead at half-time.
It looked to be one of those afternoons for Sunderland, but despite Ashley Fletcher missing a practically open goal late on, they fought back with goals from Josh Brownhill, Aiden McGeady and a Marlon Pack own-goal to secure a late draw.
After displaying so much character to fight back and grab a point, plenty thought that this would be the turning point in their campaign, despite the club still sitting three points adrift of safety.
Still lost for words like! Hat's off lads, well done ????????????????
— Gavin Moan (@safc_crazy) February 10, 2018
The revival starts here.
Ovie Ejaria effect.
— Dirk Knight (@KuytAngle) February 11, 2018
that is cracking result well played lads lets start winning though the championship has got to be better than league one COME ON!!
— Richard Benbow (@RichardBenbow79) February 10, 2018
But the result at Ashton Gate failed to turn things around for Coleman’s men. After the draw down south, the Black Cats managed to win just two of their next 15 games in the league.
They were ultimately relegated with two games of the season left to play, with their hopes of a League One automatic promotion finish starting to look unlikely.
Ross’ men will be oping to display the same amount of character and fight if they find themselves back in the second tier next term.