Since the Ipswich debacle, Sunderland have been unbeaten. That is the good news, the bad being that we still cannot win and the worse being that we seldom look like doing so.
I cannot comment with any authority on the 3-3 draw at Brentford. But I can say that even when I the half-time score at 3-1 in our favour, I refused to allow myself to believe we would go on to win. When Brentford scored two minutes after the break and then equalised, my real surprise was that we did not lose.
Simon Grayson is entitled to see things differently (or to feel he has to pretend he does), enabling him to say, as quoted by the Sunderland Echo:
“We are on the back of three games undefeated and it might not sound a lot but where we have come from, we are making progression with some players coming back.” We now have back-to-back home games where we have to look to get maximum points.”
Of the second-half collapse, and indeed the Brentford opening goal, he said there was more than a touch of fortune about all three conceded goals and stuck up for his much-critised defenders. “I think they defended well, the shape of the team was quite good. There was other factors that maybe contributed to it.”
Grayson therefore we are making progress of a sort. His aim to secure back-to-back home wins looks improbable on the basis of the way SAFC have played so far this season but he right to make that his target and would be a fool to suggest any other outcome is acceptable.
Let’s have another prize Guess the Score competition for the first of these games, against Bristol City on Saturday.
Usual rules: everyone is invited to enter and that includes City fans. A suitable mug awaits the first reader who correctly forecasts the correct scoreline. Monsieur Salut’s decision shall be final and the winner must have a UK delivery address.
Have a go and ha’way the Lads.