Sunderland will be hoping to use Saturday’s comeback against Bristol City as a springboard towards survival as they host Brentford on Saturday.

After three goals in 25 minutes, Sunderland managed to claw back a point through two own goals, one following a Cattermole header rebounding in and the second saw Asoro’s cross deflect into the Bristol net.

The second goal however was a very well worked free kick from Cattermole that was well finished by Aiden McGeady.

In his post-match interview, Chris Coleman hailed the supporters and stated that them and the players “were brilliant”, and claimed that the players “deserved to get booed off at half-time”.

Sunderland will be now looking to take the momentum from this unlikely point and gain a positive result against a struggling Brentford side who haven’t won in their last three games, including Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Preston North End.

The visitors will be without winger Sergi Canos who is completing his second match suspension after a red card away to Derby County.

Coleman has been boosted by the availability of several players ahead of this weekend fixture with Lamine Kone, Callum McManaman, Paddy McNair and Jonny Williams in contention following injuries.

The Sunderland manager told the Sunderland Echo: “Callum McManaman has trained and looked good, looked bright. Lamine Kone also trained, about 75% so we’ll see how the rest of the week goes.

“Obviously we’ve got the boys coming back from injury, Jonny Williams and Paddy McNair, who had a game last Sunday and we wanted Goochy to play as well.”

Coleman also hinted that one of the stars of Saturday’s comeback, substitute Aiden McGeady, may be in line for a starting role this weekend and also hinted at a formation change.

He said: “Aiden looked good on Saturday – he was bright and sharp – he made some good passes and scored a good goal.  When he’s in that type form you can’t not pick him, so I was really pleased with him, as I was with Kaz who is getting fitter.

“If you’re Brentford, you’ll be looking at us and you can see we’ve played predominantly with three at the back, sometimes in a 4-3-3. I’ve said before that in future if we win I might then change it, because we’ve had that failure to get back-to-back wins all season.”

He added: “So you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to look at it and say we might not play three at the back on Saturday. I don’t mind giving that away. Maybe we will, maybe we won’t.

“We can’t put too much emphasis on shape and formation though, it is about mentality and personality. If you have the right frame of mind you can win in any shape.”

With Brentford looking for a late play-off push it will be a hotly contested game with both sides having plenty still to play for and Coleman will be looking for a win to move out of the bottom three.

Words by Jason Storey & Chris Thornley