This is a Guess the Score and Who are You? combined for the FA Cup 3rd round replay at Burnley.
Salut! Sunderland is not on a go-slow or work-to-rule or in any greater sulk than usual. It just seemed unnecessary to run yet another interview with a supporter of a team we will by tomorrow night have played three times since New Year’s Eve. There’ll be a reminder later in this piece of the refreshing thoughts of our previous Burnley interviewee, Andy Robinson, about the importance of the cup to him.
Jack Rodwell admitted after the Stoke City nightmare that it must be tough being a Sunderland supporter when such dreadful displays are served up.
In the same report, David Moyes seemed to acknowledge that his costly defender Papy Djilobodji seemed almost to stop playing at one point and, as the report put it, had to be “cajoled by John O’Shea”. Elsewhere, the manager explained his decision not to
sue use (see Comment below – Ed) a single substitute by saying he simply had no one on the bench that could offer a better attacking option than Defoe, Borini and Januzaj.
Wherever you turn, the post-Stoke inquest makes for bleak reading.
Pete Sixsmith wondered here yesterday, in his agonised but compelling match analysis, whether we were witnessing the beginning of the end in terms of unswerving, active loyalty.
This was his conclusion:
As for us, the crowd, we keep on going. 42,000 there yesterday but many will not be back. For those who go to every home game, there is no pleasure in this and we are becoming numbed by the pain of wretched season after wretched season. Could this be the one where the habit of going is broken?
I hope we win at Burnley. The cup is a distraction when your team is in such a mess as ours, but it can also be a confidence builder as was shown in the League Cup run to Wembley under Gus Poyet. Our players are in sore need of that sort of fillip.
No one won Guess the Score on Saturday because no one among the entrants could bring himself/herself to predict a Sunderland defeat.
I shall keep the prize mug ready for tomorrow night. The winner shall be whoever is first to post a correct prediction of the scoreline at the end of 90 minute or, if scores are then level, after stoppage time (but not including any penalty shoot-out.
As always, opposing supporters are welcome to enter. A Burnley winner would received a Burnley mug. The editor’s decision shall be final and any winner must have a UK delivery address.
And here, as promised, is a recap on what Burnley-supporting Andy told us about the FA Cup in one of his excellent recent interviews ahead of the previous games between our sides.
Like (for) everyone else it used to be massive but now it seems to matter less each year. I blame the FA for presiding over the downfall of the best domestic cup competition in world football.
I would exchange an FA Cup win for relegation all day long. As fans we should live for moments of glory not mid table mediocrity, easy decision! I would love to win the FA Cup in my lifetime but I don’t expect it to happen. Last time we were in the semi final was 1974 and I still remember fans leaving on the morning of the game (I was deemed too young to attend) and we haven’t been to another semi since.
Ha’way the Lads, ours not Andy’s.