So the new season, or the bit before it starts, carried on as the old one ended, with a game against Spurs. There, the similarities faded to nothing. We must not get carried away but the 3-1 win – after dignified defeat in last season’s final game in which our frailties were nevertheless there to be seen – offered mighty encouragement that the tide may be about to turn. It was no fluke; if anything the result ought to have been more emphatic. And how chuffed we all were that Trevor Francis’s pre-match babbling – PDC doesn’t know if his new men are any good, it’ll be more of the same next season, etc – were made to look so comprehensively moronic.
Salut! Sunderland’s own star, Pete Sixsmith, now resumes his inimitable series of seven-word verdicts from the many games he gets to, or the few he watches from the other side of the world …
July 24 2013 Barclays Asia Trophy: SAFC 3 (1) Tottenham Hotspur 1 (1) Spurs comfortably despatched in rainy Hong Kong
And from Monsieur Salut’s ESPN assessment (http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/1826?cc=5739#):
Sunderland supporters must be excused for taking particular delight in an early smattering of egg on face for Trevor Francis, whose pre-match comments as a television pundit included the spectacularly absurd gems that PDC did not know whether or not his new recruits could play and that the coming season would be much the same as the last one with anything above the relegation area a bonus. May he live to eat his words as Sunderland storm to a top-eight finish.
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