AIDEN McGEADY and his Sunderland team-mates hit the boos to inspire an amazing comeback against Bristol City.
The Championship strugglers were jeered off by their own fans as they went in 3-0 down at the interval at Ashton Gate.
However, the former Celtic winger scored in a rousing second-half as they came off the ropes to snatch a point in a remarkable 3-3 draw.
Black Cats boss Chris Coleman said: “I didn’t see the first 45 minutes coming. I thought we would have learned our lesson from the last couple of games, but we clearly hadn’t.
“The fightback was fantastic. We got booed off at half-time – and rightly so – but the players earned the three points themselves.
“It is a matter of mentality and you must never give up, no matter how bad it is.
“It is about responsibility and accountability and they showed some courage.
“No-one else is going to help us. There are enough games and enough points to take care of ourselves.”
The home side were three goals ahead inside 37 minutes through strikes from Aden Flint and Famara Diedhiou (2) – efforts that prompted some away fans to leave the ground early.
Some of the irate travelling support chanted towards their own players: “You’re not fit to wear the shirt.”
But, after Josh Brownhill’s own goal in the 70th minute, McGeady, who had just come on as substitute, drilled in a second 11 minutes later to signal an onslaught on the City rearguard.
Two minutes into stoppage time, Marlon Park deflected a cross beyond his own keeper to give the visitors an improbable point.
Home gaffer Lee Johnson accepted the blame for his team’s incredible collapse.
He said: “It’s probably poor decision-making by me. I have to hold my hands up and say, tactically, I got it wrong in the second half.
“I should have settled for 3-0. I probably got excited and felt they were there for the taking.
“We had chances, but we crumbled. I should have given the lads a bit more help and put another midfielder on at 3-1, and changed it up a bit.
“So, my fault, and apologies. To lose those two points is very, very frustrating.”