This was a typical end of term affair. For Chelsea, the equivalent of sweets and board games was in saying goodbye to Petr Chec and Didier Drogba and blue paper darts. Sunderland meanwhile, had the kind of teacher who intended to keep his students working right until the home time bell. That the players bought into it says a lot about the man in charge. It seems like they want him to stay. The fans definitely want him to stay. The Little General’s tears in his pre-match interview with Nick Barnes told us a lot about what managing Sunderland and steering us to safety has meant to him. He says he’ll decide on Thursday where his future lies – pipe and slippers, Dutch-style, as decreed by Mrs Advocaat, or a stab at doing what our other Great Escapologists have failed to do, propel the club to something greater than annual survival battles. Is there a hint in here that this could be his last post match e-mail to the great, the good and M Salut? I’ll leave you to read into it what you will.
It was a very positive performance. We played some good football and we had opportunities to score goals, but you can see the difference in quality and that is why they score easier than we do.
They had most of the possession but the way we work and control the passing is getting better and better every week.
I really enjoyed the game because the players tried to play more than we have before. We were very organised but we gave away two easy goals when there was no need to. Tiredness definitely played a part but the pressure wasn’t there today and sometimes having it can be a good thing.
What I saw today was good for the future. I have really enjoyed my time at the club.
We have great players and they have all worked hard to get the results we needed.
Thanks for your support,
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