Malcolm Dawson writes…..I wonder what the atmosphere was like on the supporters’ coaches which were delayed by the incident on the M62. Frustration at the knowledge they were going to miss a decent amount of the first half or a resigned sense of relief that they wouldn’t have to sit (or stand) through another disappointing performance as an expansive Everton team took us apart. At least that was the pre-match script. Dick wanted a point and most of us expected that even that might be beyond the lads. Of course there was some optimism from last week’s performance and result but Everton are thought of as our bogey team – or one of them at least. I watched on telly enduring the inane comments of Michael Owen as the BT coverage was a few seconds behind the Radio Newcastle commentary. I couldn’t believe our luck going one nil up but with the amount of possession, attacking flair and time left on the clock it’s a good job I don’t indulge in game betting, because I would have had us down for a 2-1 defeat. As the clock ticked I hoped we’d hang on for a point but surely it was only a matter of time. Then Defoe somehow got a hip onto Johnson’s shot and for the second time in the game the football gods smiled on us and relief washed over me. I expect Dick had similar emotions. Here in his very brief post match e-mail he acknowledges our good fortune, credits the wonderful support and shows a fine grasp of maths and an understanding of percentages. Thanks to John McCormick for the pictures.
EVERTON 0 SUNDERLAND 2
The players gave 100 per cent and the support of our fans was brilliant from beginning to end. We had a bit of luck on our side but that sometimes happens.
We worked hard and it was very effective. The back five, including the goalkeeper, were very positive and the other players had to work very hard too. Last week’s shape was good, today a little bit less, but the players keep on working and that’s important.
It was a special goal for Danny; he works so hard. He deserved that – a reward for the attitude he has shown. Jermain has a God’s gift – he knows where the ball will go and it was a good goal for him too.
The fans were fantastic again. They stood right behind the team – it was great.
Thanks for your support,
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