Far too early for Guess the Score, of course. But let’s build on the modest excitement of a win and get the ball rolling again (who knows? Monsieur Salut may even get round to sending out some overdue prizes to previous winners) …
It is a time to be positive. On no account should any Sunderland supporter allow himself or herself to think back to that 4-0 win at Crystal Palace that we all took to be the turning point of last season. The past, as has been said by others, is another country.
Winning at Burton was necessary. Newcastle – and Brewers – fans who mock the delight we took, one Mag suggesting we responded as if we’d won the World Cup, completely missed the point.
But that victory, ending a painful run without one since mid-August, must be followed by similar results.
It would take only a few wins to push Sunderland up the table towards a position in or above mid-table that should be possible even with our squad limitations. If you missed it, click here and read Pete Sixsmith’s ascent to the ranks of English literary masters, otherwise known as a a dream of a match report.
Rafa Benitez complains he cannot compete in the transfer market with such mighty clubs as Huddersfield, Brighton and Burnley. We had to settle for the sort of acquisitions you’d not put beyond the reaches of teams pushing for promotion from League Two.
But so far, so good under Chris Coleman. Three points from six may not seem like title-chasing form but winning one out of two successive away games feels like a breath of fresh air, as do Coleman’s enthusiasm and passion.
That’s our bit done. Now over to the boss and his players to do the rest.
Have a go at guessing the Sunderland vs Reading score. A Sunderland-supporting winner will receive a copy of Tales from The Red and Whites Volume Two, a Reading or neutral fan will be sent a mug – remembering that any winner must have a UK delivery address.
And Ha’way the Lads.