John McCormick writes: Pete neglected to send me a post-game text so I had to wait until Colin forwarded it. The e-mail he sent contained three possibilities. At half-time it was “Any early season optimism has disappeared already”, then came the seven words which fit the headline.
And last but not least, came seven words that might predict the future:
21st August Sunderland 1 (0): Middlesbrough 2 (2) Another season of struggle on the cards
13th August: Man City (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 1 : held them well but tired legs told