And enjoy this for as long as it lasts at YouTube …
We all see (or hear) games slightly differently, says Monsieur Salut. I repeated what seemed the fairly general despair at Sunderland’s first half performance – OK, maybe it was the first 30-35 minutes – only to be taken to task by a reader who thought otherwise.
Alone among the four-man Salut! Sunderland editorial team, I saw nothing of the match, being back in the UK but not for long enough to get back to the North East.
The amiable Irishman who is the gaffer at Duffy’s, a pub/wine bar at the end of my street in west London, had sworn it would be on his screens. His good intentions – after all, his brother “supported” us during the Keane era, only to revert to Man City when Keano left – were defeated by a glitch that saw each attempt to bring the channel to life bounce back to Sky Sports News. The nearby Plough wouldn’t even show it and I no longer had time to make a tour of Ealing to find somewhere it could be seen.
So it was Barnes and Benno for me – once I’d paid my £45 renewal fee, listening to TalkSport as I did so. I longed to see the goals but enjoyed the commentary.
But others did see the game. Let’s hear what they had to say …
* James Hunter, Sunderland writer for the Chronicle:
Man of the Match:
Lynden Gooch 8 out of 10: a livewire all game and his injury-time winner was the perfect reward for his efforts
* The Sunderland Echo ratings gallery wouldn’t go beyond the first few players on my Mac, or open at all on my phone. I got the impression that Phil Smith also made Gooch his MOTM, since his was the photo showing. The caption read: “threatened on a number of occasions before heading home superbly in the 96th”
* Jack Ross was quoted by Phil:
‘Lynden has been outstanding through pre-season and in training, he will be a top player for us this season. We asked him to play wing back second half and his energy levels and willingness to get at people is brilliant, Josh is a really good finisher. His ability to hit on either foot and hit the target is really good, it is just encouraging him to do it. If he hits one over the bar, fine, just keep doing it. “They are two young men to come through the club, they will enjoy tonight.
… the supporters were incredibly positive, it would have been easy for them to not back us at 1-0 down but they stayed with us. They helped drive us on. “The noise, that is a new experience for me. The players should want more of that, it is a terrifc feeling’
Roker Report, a little out on a limb, made 16-year-old Bali Mumba man of the match. A joint report from Gav1879 and Tom Atkinson described him as “outstanding .. cannot believe that he is 16”. RR also gave 8/10 to Gooch, Maguire and Oviedo so it was obviously a close-run thing.
But all of those judgments are provisional. Pete Sixsmith was up in the East Stand and his words will be those that all discerning supporters are anxious to see …