At a time when Sunderland was destined for relegation from the Premier League, the Black Cats fought back. In the backdrop of the struggle to avoid relegation, Connor Wickham along with Vito Mannone and Fabio Borini were present.

The Black Cats held Manchester City to a draw, and humilliated Chelsea and Manchester United in their stadium. They saved themselves by shutting out Cardiff City and West Brom. 

It is for this reason that The Premier League Insider awards Sunderland AFC its Team of The Year Award for 2014.

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