In the coming days, we’ll be hearing from a Fulham supporter – two, if Lily Allen’s publicity people pass Salut! Sunderland‘s questions on to her.
But for Sunderland supporters, it’s time to come to the aid of the club. Our fans deserve better than they’ve had to endure this season – and for most preceding seasons – but they also have a part to play in kickstarting the revival, says a (temporarily) mellowing Colin Randall …
Right. The defeat at Arsenal, hardly unexpected, is behind us. The terrible run of defeats and draws since we beat the Gunners in November is in the past, too. We’ve had our say, expressed our bitter disappointment and raised legitimate questions about the club, its management and its direction.
But that’s it. We now enter a spell of games at the Stadium of Light – four home ties with just one scheduled trip, a match at Aston Villa that their probable FA Cup progress tonight would put off – in which a combination of ability, commitment and – yes- luck would give our season a decent lift off.
It is the duty of all fans to get behind the team on Sunday, whether they are making long trips from domestic or international exile/residence, driving in from the large North-eastern catchment area covering most of Northumb-ria (as opposed to -erland) or just popping across the bridge or walking along the Roker Baths Road from the seafront.
Disappointment does not mean disaffection. We are entitled to feel deeply annoyed and frustrated by this season’s events, but our allegiance remains the same.
Fulham are a good side. Roy Hodgson has done a great job at the Cottage. But they are not invincible, they don’t actually perform that well on the road in the Premier League and they are there to be beaten on Sunday. Boo at the end, if you must, if we’ve play badly or gutlessly, but don’t jeer the first or second or third misplaced pass. That just plays directly into the hands of the opposition, unless you’re watching in the pub or on some dodgy web stream at home.
By all means hope that Shakhtar Donetsk soften them up in the Europa League tomorrow night or that Fulham minds are elsewhere When Sunday Comes.
But just let’s do our bit to get the run of homes games off to a three-point start …