Stephen Goldsmith writes: We have a former Black Cat, Darren Williams, discusssing Sunderland with us and ESPN sports writer and editor Dom Raynor. Get on it here: https://soundcloud.com/wise-men-say/salut-podcast-episode-4
And while or after you listen, catch up with Salut! Sunderland’s latest contribution to Dom’s pages at ESPN. This is the link: http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland?cc=5739 and here is an extract …
Connor Wickham’s confidence – already, we can assume, in better shape than Graham’s – will be high after a man-of-the-match display in England Under 21s’ 4-0 victory over Austria. He has scored in cup games, on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and in his junior internationals though not in his few moments of Premier action this season.
I would play 4-5-1 with Wickham starting and bursting to impress, keeping Graham on the bench for later if needed. But I am not the manager and have no idea whether O’Neill’s more expert eye will see things differently.
And in the meantime, as we wait for Sunderland to raise their game and send United away pointless (we’re entitled to dream), take a look at this week’s splendid ‘Who are You?’, a great set of answers from our volunteer Man Utd supporter, Dom Raynor, to the traditional Salut! Sunderland questions:
Q: Many Sunderland supporters laughed at the notion that MUFC might somehow need the incentive of Poznan-induced anger to make sure of beating us. You must regard the return fixture as so obviously an away win that SAFC should save us all a lot of trouble and fax the points vero (joke (c) Jeremy Robson).
A: At the time, being ridiculed concurrently with losing the title it was not something that sat well with me. But now the moment is not so raw I look on it as clever and non-abusive riposte to United, rubbing their nose in the fact that they failed to win the Premier League title despite beating Sunderland 1-0.
If opposing fans doing the Poznan is chief among your worries then you don’t have much to worry about.