A warm welcome to Mark Ferguson, editor of the Labour List and a passionate Sunderland supporter. In this, his first column (we will sort out images and the like later), he takes a huge risk of acquiring egg on face – but, as Pete Sixsmith said in his interview for the Bluemoon site, what’s the point of going or caring unless you believe you can win? …
Tomorrow, we face Man City. The odds are comically in City’s favour.
They’re the champions, and have an imperious home record that would be the envy of any team in the world. Their subs bench could probably finish in the top six – even though there are only seven of them.
They can even afford to shed a phenomenal footballer like Adam Johnson – the most exciting Sunderland signing in my lifetime.
They’re massively odds on favourites for a reason.
But they should be worried about playing Sunderland – because we know how to play against them.
Only one team took a point from them at the Etihad last season. With four points we were their toughest opponents last season. And we were 10 minutes away from that being six points. So yes, we do know how to play against them. And now we arguably have a stronger squad. Including a striker who can’t miss and a certain right winger who has something to prove to both sets of fans…
Having watched them stumble to a 1-1 draw two weeks ago where they were run ragged by Arsenal, I’m not concerned about tomorrow – I’m relishing the match.
By 4.50 tomorrow – I reckon we’ll still have our unbeaten record intact. A huge feat after arguably the toughest single fixture of the season.