The only thought that came to mind after the defeat at Everton was “that sinking feeling”. And so the phrase appeared in my headline for Sixer’s Sevens, Pete Sixsmith’s traditional seven-word verdict.
Despite – maybe because of – having supported Sunderland since the days of Charlie Hurley and Brian Clough, I cannot now approach any game without the same pessimism.
And when I look at Newcastle jubilation over a crucial victory at Brighton, I think not of “that’s us next season” but find myself looking down the Championship table to see that a Villa win left them no higher than 15th. Is that not more likely to be our fate assuming we go down?
But hey!!! Man City at home on Sunday. Between 2010 and 2013, that was a fixture we could count on winning. And we did, 1-0 each time in four successive seasons. Darren Bent, Ji Dong-won, Adam Johnson and Phil Bardsley – in that order, I think – were the scorers.
Can we do it again? Can Bradley Lowery’s hero, Jermain Defoe, grab a quite unexpected winner?
S0 Guess the Score, entries below …
And when it comes to the prize, let us give a rest to the mug’s game, namely promising two mugs to the first reader to post the correct, Sunderland-winning scoreline.
Instead we offer a copy of Nick Barnes’s Matchbook, mini version, to ANYONE who gets the scoreline right (and first). Tales from the Red and Whites are paying a fiver for each order into the Bradley campaign so Salut! Sunderlannd will opt wholeheartedly into that.
Usual rules apply: Man City fans are welcome to enter but the prize will be the same and why not, since Bradley’s fight has gripped the nation.