Monsieur Salut writes: it is a telling feature of Sunderland’s predicament that away fans, naturally talking up their teams’ expectations, are correctly predicting the results of games at the Stadium of Light.
So far, the Bolton Wanderers Who are You? has not landed. I have no idea what the man in the hot seat, Gabe John, from the fan site Burnden Aces, will forecast.
Chris Mann, who runs the site, may have been trying to humour us when I suggested he must be feeling upbeat about Tuesday night. “More a sense of pessimism,” Chris replied. “We didn’t win away all season when we were relegated and yet to do so on the road this season – despite coming ever so close yesterday. Your winless home run is no match for our 32 without a Championship away win, so not feeling too optimistic.”
We can but hope he is proved right. Will Monday morning bring explosive news from the SoL? Will that news break on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning in the event of a draw or defeat against the Championship’s bottom club?
Who knows? Some bloke called Short in Florida may have a good idea. All I can say is what I have said on Twitter and at Facebook …
— Martin Emmerson (@Martycricket) October 29, 2017
A thumping win, a good but narrower win, any win at all might just make us all feel a little less gloomy and Ellis Short/Martin Bain a little less likely to send Simon Grayson packing. After all, they know the extent to which our current malaise is down to them, and especially Short though he has reason to feel dismayed at all the money, his money, frittered away by successive bosses.
Defeat in a match against such poor opposition used to the the sort of thing to be filed under Unthinkable. Tonight, as I write and as I reflect on Pete Sixsmith’s latest, quite outstandingly gloomy appraisal of another woeful day in the life of an SAFC fan, it doesn’t feel unthinkable at all.
But hey, we know the Salut! Sunderland readership tends to rally to the cause, at least for Guess the Score. Could someone, namely Bolton, be in for a beating?
Usual rules: Bolton fans also welcome to enter. A suitably designed mug awaits the person who is first to post the correct scoreline. He or she must have a UK delivery address. Monsieur Salut’s decision shall be final.
Lots more to read about this match: Sixer’s latest magical instalment in The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team series and Gabe’s Who are You? Keep coming back to see, and Haw’ay the Lads, our Lads …