Coventry City’s stunning 5-4 victory at bitter rivals Sunderland has to go down as one of the most memorable in recent history.
Certainly, the Stadium of Light thriller has to be up there with the League Two play-off semi-final second leg at Notts County in terms of cracking away days outside Wembley Stadium for the Sky Blue Army over the last few seasons.
The pulsating League One clash from April 2019 saw City take the lead in a first half that ended 3-3 and, with the game again balanced at 4-4 with 20 minutes to go, it was Mark Robins ’s men who earned the bragging rights when Conor Chaplin bagged the winner, adding to goals from Bright Enobakhare, Amadou Bakayoko, Jordy Hiwula and Jordan Shipley.
It was a special day for the fans and, according to former Sky Blue Zain Westbrooke, just as enjoyable for the players whom, he has revealed, were particularly up for the game that day.
“That was some day,” he said, speaking to the Sky Blues Extra podcast.
And the 24-year-old, who has since moved on to Bristol Rovers, revealed that the fact the game was being filmed as part of the Netflix documentary ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’ added spice to the occasion.
“I remember all the cameras were there and everything,” added Westbrooke, who is all too aware of the bad blood that exists between the two sets of fans.
“Obviously it was a hyped up game all week with all the fans going at it and whatever.
“Everyone knew the cameras were there and we obviously weren’t expecting anything like a 5-4 but we were just thinking, we’d love to get one over them here and get on Netflix.
“And it probably couldn’t have ended better really.”
Reflecting on his own part on the day, Westbrooke revealed how hid a blood injury from the referee to avoid any more minutes being added on as City held on to their slender lead in the dying minutes of overtime.
“I can’t say I did too much in the game,” said the popular former Sky Blues player.
“I went on as a sub and got elbowed in the mouth by Aiden McGeady and I was bleeding for eight minutes.
“I didn’t want the ref to see so there were no more added minutes, so that was a great day.
“I’ve watched it since on Netflix and I have also seen the blood all over me.”