Monsieur Salut introduces the latest prize Guess the Score competition. Don’t worry if your entry is ‘held for moderation’ – it can happen if you haven’t posted before or are using a different computer – as we will know when you tried to post it and if more than one reader correctly predicts the outcome, that will determine who was first …
At the beginning of the season, Rod Liddle – that most acquired of tastes as a man and a writer – wrote about Sunderland in The Sunday Times: “Let’s see how these overpaid moppets cope at Scunny on a cold January afternoon.”
Liddle is a Millwall fan so presumably won’t be there to “see” how things go.
That January afternoon is almost upon us and who would bet against it being cold? Sunderland play at Scunthorpe on Saturday, the second half of the League One season now well in progress and the business end of our promotion campaign approaching.
Your task: forget Liddle and guess the score. Be first to be right and you win (though you must have a UK delivery address). Scunny fans – even Liddle – are welcome to have a go, too, and a winner who doesn’t support SAFC would receive a suitable alternative to the mug you see below.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 15, 2019
There is at this stage no plan to ban Paul Devine, exiled in the Netherlands, or Bill Harris, in sunny Sacriston, from entering just because they have won so many mugs between them that they can surely have room for no more.
The Liddle quote implies that Jack Ross’s side is full of cissies and prima donnas. Whatever their other failings, among plenty of qualities, that is perhaps the least accurate jibe to toss their way. Those who see Sunderland week in, week out have witnessed plenty of commitment and, as the poor disciplinary record suggests, no reluctance to get stuck in.
But it is time for the quality in the team to assert itself. With another postponement looming, to heighten the prospect of future fixture congestion, Scunthorpe away is a game that is not only winnable but needs to be won.
Ha’way the Lads.