Monsieur Salut writes: most of us like a good cup run. We may not turn up in big numbers any more for games in the early rounds but interest builds as each obstacle is cleared. As Wembley looms and interest turns to excitement, we even start to care about winning something as mundane as the Checkatrade Trophy.
So to Bramall Lane and the Football League Cup third round tie at Sheffield United.
We naturally consider ours to be a bigger club than theirs and historically that is hardly a controversial belief. But as things stand, they are a Premier League side – on merit – and we are striving for promotion from two divisions lower.
How will it go?
Sunderland start as underdogs. We did likewise at Burnley, fell behind and looked second best before bursting into life and winning 3-1 with a second half performance a number of Burnley fans were quick to applaud.
It won’t be the end of the world if we fail to repeat that remarkable achievements against the Blades. A honourable and narrow defeat would feel a lot better than losing key league games – hence my headline; are we less worried about losing a cup game than fearing missing out. again, on promotion?. A win would undoubtedly boost morale and self-belief.,
Tell us what you think. I am afraid the exercise must remain, for now, just for fun. But have as much fun as you wish with how the game will go. remembering that it will go straight to penalties if scores are level at 90 minutes.
Ha’way the Lads.