Malcolm Dawson writes…what do we want from pre-season friendlies? Well I would like to see some indication that the team has an idea as to how it’s going to play, the manager has an idea who his starting XI is and that we supporters can derive at least some satisfaction from the performances and some confidence that we will be alright when the new season starts. Precious little of any of that so far. I can’t help but feel that the U.S.A. leg of the tour was a big mistake from a footballing perspective. I’m sure those in charge of finances and “brand promotion” had their reasons but travelling so far and training in the kind of heat that requires air conditioning inside cars and buildings can’t be the best way to prepare a team for a forthcoming English season. It is part of the brief that any post match communication has some positive message for the fans. This post Doncaster e-mail sent in Dick’s name to M Salut and anyone else who reads it contains little to comfort those of us concerned about the result – pre-season or not and focusses on something that we all knew already.
DONCASTER ROVERS 2 SUNDERLAND 0
The fitness has to be there but it was a poor result tonight, hopefully on Saturday we can show how far we are we are with our progress when we face Hannover.
Everybody could see how well Jeremain [Lens] played and [Younes] Kaboul also did very well when he came off the bench for the second half.
The fans were excellent today and they came down in their numbers, making the long journey to back their team for 90 minutes and we need to reward their loyal support over the course of the season.
Thanks for your support,