Will it be a Good Friday or are we heading for purgatory? With some trepidation, Salut! Sunderland invites readers to do what none could hope to do before the Coventry game and correctly predict the outcome of SAFC vs Doncaster Rovers.
It is reasonable to suggest that the Easter weekend will bring a clearer idea of whether we can still go up to the Championship in an automatic top-two place or have to rely on the painful lottery of the playoffs.
Donny at home on Friday is followed by a tough trip to Peterborough on Monday – not that we currently show much sign of being able to treat any game as other than tough.
When Pete Sixsmith said to me at Wembley that losing there was bearabale if we went on to take lots of points from the coming league games, he did have in mind seven or nine from the first three of them. He certainly wasn’t thinking of seven from four. With any more slips of the kind that gave as a crazy 5-4 deficit without a penalty shootout in sight, promotion the simple way will probably disappear quite quickly as an option.
Does anyone seriously expect much Easter comfort from the following: Barnsley (Shrewsbury at home, Plymouth away); Luton (Accrington Stanley away, Wimbledon at home) or Pompey (Burton away, Coventry – almost certainly back to normal without us as opponents – at home)? Me neither.
The playoffs will seem a decent achievement only if we win through them and still rise from League One. Starting with Donny, tell us how we’ll fare this weekend. You could win a mug whether or not, like a recent winner, Rob Hutchison, you choose this nifty name sequence …
Have a go. And Ha’way the Lads.