Our Everton “Who are You?” candidate, Hannah Myers (interview coming tomorrow), does not want Sunderland to get that vital win at Goodison. As an Evertonian, she’d be disloyal to her own club in thinking otherwise.
But she does believe our victory over Southampton may set us on course to get the points needed and says she’d be sorry to see us drop to the Championship.
There is really not much more we need say. We all know what is at stake. We know our team’s weaknesses, and also its strengths on the good days that have been so rare in recent times. Defeat will not send us down, just make survival look ever more elusive.
And we’ll need to keep a beady eye this weekend on:
Aston Villa v West Ham
Hull v Burnley
Leicester v Southampton
Newcastle v West Brom
(Sunday) Man City v QPR
As it stands (see our ‘Can we survive?’ and Who’s going down?’ polls at https://safc.blog/2015/05/sunderland-1-0-everton-just-the-under-21s-but-can-this-victory-be-an-omen/:
CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS
14 Aston Villa 35 9 8 18 29 50 -21 35
15 Newcastle Utd 35 9 8 18 36 60 -24 35
16 Leicester City 35 9 7 19 39 54 -15 34
17 Hull City 35 8 10 17 33 48 -15 34
18 Sunderland 34 6 15 13 28 50 -22 33
19 QPR 35 7 6 22 39 61 -22 27
20 Burnley 35 5 11 19 26 53 -27 26
So just get cracking and Guess the Score. Usual rules: first to post the correct score before kickoff (1245 Sat) wins the mug from Personalised Football Gifts providd he or she has a UK postal address. Evertonians are warmly welcome as competitors; a Toffee-flavoured winner would receive an appropriate alternative mug.
Hannah, one of John McCormick’s Liverpudlian finds for “Who are You?”, has given some fascinating thoughts on matters ranging from Moyes and Martinez to Gazza and Ginola and the Grand Old Club’s proposed move from its Grand in Crumbling old Goodison. She also assures us, with commendable loyalty but surely erroneously, the Mersey derby is as intense as the Wear-Tyne equivalent.
Here is an extract pertinent to Sunderland:
Salut! Sunderland: I take it you’re far too young to remember the time we played Goodison in the last game of the season and only a defeat for us and a draw at Coventry v Bristol City would send us down (both happened!). Be as brutal as you wish but have we simply not been good enough this season to deserve a third successive Great Escape? What thoughts do you have on Sunderland: the club, fans, city, region, Dick Advocaat?
Hannah: Sunderland always seem to have all of the ingredients in place to be a successful Premier League side but something always seems to thwart them. They often spend well on players, have a modern stadium and passionate fans but it just never quite succeeds. It was a vital win at the weekend and hopefully, after Saturday, you can get the points you need as it would be a shame to see you go down.
And, from wherever in the world Sunderland supporters find themselves, from Liverpool L4 4EL of the North East to Down Under, the Americas and elsewhere, Ha’way the Lads in Red and White.