'The new Pele': Some Sunderland fans in awe of one player last night - O'Brien aside
Sunderland fans were treated to a five-goal thriller on Tuesday night as the Black Cats progressed in the League Cup.
Lee Johnson’s charges headed to Blackpool for their second-round tie and ran out 3-2 winners.
Sunderland had to come from behind as Shayne Lavery netted in the ninth minute of the match.
However, the Black Cats drew level just three minutes later through Aiden O’Brien.
Sunderland turned the game around in the second half as O’Brien netted just before the hour.
And though Josh Bowler equalised for the hosts in the 87th minute, O’Brien sealed his hat-trick in injury time.
While the Sunderland striker rightly earned the match ball and most of the plaudits, a lot of praise also went towards other players.
Dan Neil was especially superb in the first half, providing a sublime assist for O’Brien’s equaliser.
Besides his goal contribution, the 19-year-old looked confident, won challenges, and found space in the tightest spots.
Needless to say, Sunderland fans were delighted with Neil’s display:
It’s quite exciting that he may be absolute class isn’t it. That pass last night should be exhibited in an art gallery. Just brilliant.— Peter George Oliver (@PeterGOliver_RT) August 25, 2021
Morning! Incase you missed the limbs last nite watch @AidenObrien22 hatrick last nite below!— 🌴 (@Rollie3333) August 25, 2021
LJ has got a selection headache on Saturday with so many players shining across the team.
Dan Neil is the new Pelehttps://t.co/33Swrw3yz0#safc 🟨🟦 pic.twitter.com/P5pF0e0wv5
Dan Neil excellent again for Sunderland tonight, has to be one of the first names on the team sheet, really good tenacious performance, so calm in and out of possession and the ball leading to Aiden O'Brien's first goal was absolutely sensational. Making a real statement #SAFC— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) August 25, 2021
Not getting carried away at all , but that side tonight, & the past few games,have shown heart,fight,& a willingness not to give up not known at the club for god knows how long— 0n|¥ 0N3 k€4|\|O (@1879SAFC) August 24, 2021
Dan Neil & Huggins outstanding tonight , tough decisions for LJ for Saturday #HappyDays
Dan Neil looks a real player. He needs to play CM for us week in week out. #SAFC— Jon (@Hizzit) August 24, 2021
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