Malcolm Dawson writes…..it’s usually a good sign when I can watch a game and not spend time thinking about what I’m going to have for my tea when I get home. Last week I could have planned the entire banquet for the Women’s Institute which is the current focus of BBC’s “Great British Menu.” Today I suffered no such distractions. Whether it was the “clear the air talks” that Dick promised to hold last Sunday, whether it was Lee Cattermole’s post match comments and the response to that, whether it was Ellis Short and Jermaine Defoe publicly stating their loyalty and ambitions for the club during the week, I’m not sure – but this was a different Sunderland team today. It was the sort of performance Sunderland fans respect. The effort was there. The commitment was there. The quality may still be a little lacking but we’ll put up with that if those who represent our club are seen to be giving their all. I was proud of the fans today too. Before the game kicked off they were vocal and supportive of all the players. Every tackle was cheered, every bit of closing down and every bit of skilful play likewise. Even when we went one-nil behind the response wasn’t boos and jeers but an exultation to the Lads to get stuck in and fight back. It was noticeable that there were more empty seats at the kick off than last week but those who were there at the start stayed till the end. We know that one point doesn’t make a season. We know there is more to do but it’s a start. Dick thinks so too and tells us so in his e-mail to M. Salut and a few others.
I think the team responded very well today. The way we trained was good; everybody showed commitment and I think the players did well.
It was a difficult game because Swansea are a good side with good individuals. With our spirit, we gave them a really hard time.
The supporters were great. Even with the score at 1-0 they stood behind us and that’s the reason the team kept going and fighting. It was great support.
We had some good moments today football-wise; it wasn’t only the passion.
Thanks for your support,