Malcolm Dawson writes…..I went to Esh Winning today where I saw Julio Arca score a peach of a free kick for South Shields’ fourth in an easy victory for the Tyneside club. My MP4 player was tuned to Radio Newcastle where the first half summary sounded good. For some reason I jinxed things by tuning in just as Pants dropped a clanger and from then on it was a not unusual story. I don’t like to comment on games I haven’t seen live so will wait for MOTD and Bob Chapman’s match report to see if there is any cause for optimism. Since Martin O’Neill’s day we have had three “Head Coaches” whose first language wasn’t English. Now we have an Englishman in charge I challenge you to spot the difference in the post match e-mail – the first of Big SA’s essays. P.S. No prizes I’m afraid – not even a mug!
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 SUNDERLAND 0
The first half performance was pretty pleasing and we had the better of the opportunities to take the lead.
I thought we defended very well, which in the past, before I came here, was the biggest weakness in the team. I thought that we didn’t look like conceding a goal, but unfortunately in the second half we’ve had a very valuable point taken away from us.
From an attacking point of view, I wasn’t quite as satisfied in the second half as I was in the first, but overall it was a reasonably good performance. We need to cut out conceding silly goals and when we do we’ll start winning and drawing.
I thought we deserved to take a point away from the game today. It is a disappointing result but there’s plenty to build on.
Thanks for your support,