No one suspected for a second that beating Wigan Athletic 4-2 at home amounted to a revival. It is not, by itself, even a mini-revival, though another win, at home to Fulham today, would represent one of those.
But it came as a mighty relief nonetheless, perhaps ending any relegation fears.
For a look at what has been happening at Salut! Sunderland, in case you missed any of it, here’s a snapshot of the week. Click on any sub-heading to read more …
Pete Sixsmith’s report on the day winning at football was shown to be an attainable luxury. He also tasted some fine Scotch and couldn’t resist a harmless little jibe at Aston Villa, though he came back later in the week to declare a truce. Just as well, as Villa fans can be remarkably humourless.
Probably forgotten from last Saturday’s match, or rather our coverage, but worth repeating that a SAFC press officer, Lee Marshall, predicted Sunderland 4 Wigan 2 in conversation with BBC Radio Newcastle’s Nick Barnes before the game. I wonder what he reckons will happen today.
Not for the first time, finding a Fulham supporter to answer a few questions was troublesome. Actually, we had found one, sent him the questions and awaited the responses only for him to disappear without word. Sean Collins answered an SOS broadcast at the cc.fulhamfc.com forum Cottage Corner and turned around the questionnaire in sharp time. And inevitably predicted a Fulham win.
Phil Bardsley was M Salut’s reply to his own question. Has our run been so demoralising that no one could bear to come up with their own ideas for the end-of-season awards? Just one comment last time I checked. I hope the official club site, which runs voting for the various awards, is getting a healthier response.
Just a spot of fun, but not everyone was amused. I’d better say no more.
Another look at football on the other side of the Channel. I liked the story about the unfortunate Marseille player, Taye Taiwo, who is being hauled before a disciplinary panel for singing a somewhat tame anti-PSG chant after his club’s league cup final win against Montpellier. Marseille fulfilled my expectations by beating our own club, Nice, 4-2 – that scoreline again, to go top of Ligue 1, where I suspect they will now stay.
Root around at the site and you’ll come across plenty more: a rant against Steve Bruce’s refusal to attend the post-match press conference, more reflections on the Wigan match.
Work was busier than usual so I never got round to slagging off Barcelona and Real Madrid for their atrocious display of cheating and intimidation in the Champions’ League semi-final. So I’ll say it here: Messi’s goals, and of course especially the sublime second one, deserved a nobler setting. If this is pure football, I’d sooner watch Stoke City.
Ha’way the Lads against Fulham. Whoever plays up front.