Managers cannot lose with pre-season friendlies. Win and the Lads did well. Lose and it doesn’t really matter; it’s all about fitness.
Let us hope fitness had a boost today as there was precious little to get excited about in the way of Sunderland’s performance, according to our own Pete Sixsmith.
“One down. Dubious penalty but not good,” he said by text from Turf Moor at half time.
And that is how it stayed. If we were running Sixer’s Sevens already, today’s would have been: “Not very creative, never looked like scoring.”
Good job there’s no need to worry. It was all about fitness.
This was the team:
Westwood, Bardsley, Richardson, Brown, Bramble, Elmohamady, Gardner, Cattermole (C), Colback, Wickham, Gyan.
Subs: Dong-won, Vaughan, Larsson, Mignolet, Ferdinand, Malbranque, Laing.
If you were there, too, tell us what it was like for you. And if you weren’t, do results like this worry you or should we just ignore them?