The first time I looked, Sunderland were winning 4-1 against Hull City in Portugal and Campbell, Fraizer not Sol, had scored all four of our goals in the first 34 minutes. The next time I looked it was 4-2 and not far from the final whistle. And my third glance showed that to be the final score.
Viewed remotely, it is not easy to judge the night’s proceedings. The official club site talked about Waghorn putting in a “decent shift”, and had moments of praise and implied criticism for our new Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet.
This is how the club site reported the second Hull goal:
Hull win a corner through Jamie Devitt and Nick Barmby is there to eventually glance home from close range after Mignolet had missed the cross.
But this is how they told us about an earlier incident:
Simon Mignolet, take a bow. The Belgian pulls out a delightful Cruyff turn to baffle his opponent under pressure. Perhaps he should’ve just launched it, but meh – the Estadio Municipal de Algarve enjoyed it.
So a thumping win for SAFC and a 1-1 draw for Mignolet.
But it is fitting that Fraizer Campbell, the player who impressed most with vastly improved performances towards the end of last season, should be so up for it even before the new one starts (he also got the equaliser the other night against Brighton).
Let us hope this tells us something about the coming season. Some of us believe Campbell could be a really good player for us in the Premier.
Thoughts from anyone who saw the game welcomed!
Starting line-up tonight was:
Mignolet, Angeleri, Al-Muhammadi, Jones, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Henderson, Malbranque, Zenden, Waghorn, Campbell
Substitutes; Subs: Bent, Carson, Kay, Weir