Sunderland v Southampton ‘Guess the Score’: reaching for glory amid the gloom

Jake: supporting a club proud to keep its red and white stripes. Unlike, er, the Saints
Jake: supporting a club proud to keep its red and white stripes. Unlike, er, the Saints

It’s nearly here. Tomorrow, which will coincidentally be a full week on from the (unfulfilled) promise by Northumbria Police to get back to Salut! Sunderland with answers to our questions about the disgraceful late change to the matchdate, Sunderland play Southampton in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

In a season that has so far had only one ray of sunshine, the game represents SAFC’s best chance of helping to make 2013-2014 memorable for the right reasons.

Victory, which Gus Poyet’s men must believe is within them if they have the least self-esteem, would set up a quarter-final at home to Chelsea. I must start a rumour that Gordon Armstrong is already in training, at 46, to come on as a late substitute and score a winner to rival the thunderbolt header that beat the same opposition in another quarter-final, an FA Cup replay on our way to Wembley in 1992.

Jake wonders whether we're doing a Wigan, bound for cup glory - and the Championship
Jake wonders whether we’re doing a Wigan, bound for cup glory – and the Championship

See the SAFC v the Saints ‘Who are You?’: Poyet will have you playing nice football

So put worries behind you and guess the score.

Just for fun again – Eric Bowers has clean wiped us out of Salut! Sunderland mugs for the time being – but enter into the spirit of the competition and treat it as a dress rehearsal for when prizes are offered once again.

Southampton fans, whether they were messed about by the collectively inconsiderate behaviour of the authorities or never intended to make the long journey north, are welcome to join in. First-time posters may find their entries held briefly for moderation but we’ll know who posted the right answer first, assuming anyone does. The rewards will be in heaven.

And what, in a league cup game, constitutes a right answer? The score at the final whistle, including extra time if played but NOT the outcome of a penalty shootout.

The competition is dedicated to TijuanaTim who, in a discussion of the matchday switch at the Saints fan site The Ugly Inside, appeared to have a go at Ian Todd, the SAFCSA stalwart who wrote an eloquent letter of protest to the police. “Sanctimonious Northern monkey,” wrote our Tim (if we may be so familiar).

When another Southampton supporter, Mushty, sprang nobly to Ian’s defence, saying “I must be missing something, I can’t see anything other than someone having a pop at a ridiculous decision”, Witty Tim shot back: “Exactly, I’m having a pop at someone for making the ridiculous decision to support a Northern club.”

Can the Lads hit some kind of form and punish TijuanaTim for his insolence? We’ll see. With apologies to other Southampton fans, let Jake have the last word …

... is the revolutionary cry of our Jake
… is Jake’s subversive cry
Monsieur Salut in Paris days, as seen by Matt
Monsieur Salut in Paris days, as seen by Matt


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16 thoughts on “Sunderland v Southampton ‘Guess the Score’: reaching for glory amid the gloom”

  1. John said “As not everyone knows, tuntija is Finnish for connoisseur.”

    H’way John. Have a word with yourself man. We all knew that! Try us out with something that’s a challenge. Come on, we’re as cosmopolitan as owt on Salut.

    In fact I’d go as far as to say we are all tuntijas of fine football fora (that’s the plural of forum tha knaas).

  2. I know there’s no prize, Michael, but that isn’t an entry!

    Incidentally, would it be a good idea to offer a £2 a head entries – payable via Paypal, which can be done by Visa even if you don’t have a Paypal a/c – with all proceeds to the winner? People could still play for fun and not pay or be eligible for winnings. Just a thought

    • An anagram of TijuanaTim is

      I’m a tuntija.

      As not everyone knows, tuntija is Finnish for connoisseur, so maybe the man (if it is a man, can’t trust the web) knows something.

      On the other hand, Tijuana is known for big arses. Maybe that’s what he’s talking through 🙂

      • Michael!! You really are determined not to enter. See the piece above for the instructions. Only the score at final whistle, including any extra time but NOT any shootout.
        I bet you only mark five numbers in the lottery.

  3. How to predict the unpredictable, the SAFC conundrum.

    If we turn up with 11 and they all manage to stay on the pitch for both halves, our defence refrains from finding the back of our own net, our midfield selection is suitably numbered (that five Gus) and suitably diverse (not the usual lot) then we have a chance.

    Safc 2 – 0 Saints

  4. A close game especially as Gus hates us due to his imaginary rivalry in his head of when he was manager of brighton. Factoring in the fact we will be fielding the second team mostly I see 2-3 after extra time, the winner scored by a 35 yd Tadanari Lee overhead kick deflected off O shea’s ear. Seriously though good. Luck to the mackems! COYR

  5. On the basis that I predicted that the Mags would win and we did; i’ll follow the same pattern and go for:
    2-1 to them 🙁

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