The lamentable collapse against QPR puts an entirely different complexion on the 5th round FA Cup game at Valley Parade.
I am of the school that wants Sunderland to win every game we compete in, even if it is a meaningless end-of-season match and even if victory for us might save Newcastle skins. I fret about defeats in reserve and youth fixtures. I hate losing the Sunderland-themed Monopoly game.
But we are back under the cosh thanks to the gormless non-performance on Tuesday night. Would we a) settle for steaming onwards for another great day out at Wembley, and blow the league; b) go for both Wembley and survival, taking heart that getting there last season didn’t finish us off or c) quietly hope for a narrow Bradford win to allow Poyet & Co to concentrate on the more important battle?
On balance, and taking account of my own rule about always seeking wins, I will plump for b).
But whether you agree with me or not, have a go at guessing Sunday’s score.
It is not, after all, a rollover. While no one got close to predicting we’d roll over, so to speak, against QPR, I have kept to my word and awarded the mug to John Cobb, a Hoops fan who supplied a full set of answers for Who are You? after the original, seemingly very keen volunteer let us down.
So just one mug, supplied by our competition sponsors, Personalised Football Gifts. Bradford City supporters are warmly invited to enter and assured of a relevant design for any winner from that source.
The same WAY scenario may loom for this game. We found a terrific candidate who readily agreed to do the Q&A amd acknowledged receipt of the questions but has since fallen silent. We’ll see. Monsieur Salut has been known to panic unnecessarily before now.
And pending news on that, I will adopt my b) option – go for it, Gus – and offer the usual Ha’way the Lads.