Just look at the home and away table. Two wins, a draw and six defeats at home, nine goals scored but 21 shipped.
What a catastrophic home record for any professional football side.
How could any away team and its wonderful support go to the Pirelli Stadium, capacity all of 6,912, without a spring in the step? Sadly the away side at Burton on Saturday is us, our home record makes theirs look quite respectable and we haven’t a clue where the next win is coming from.
Chris Coleman now knows, if he didn’t already have a fairly clear idea, of the enormity of the task he has embraced.
Talk of must-wins is meaningless and not only because Sunderland always struggle to win games they must. But you get the drift.
Pete Sixsmith worried in his report from the 2-1 defeat at Villa about the lack of imposing strength in midfield. We all worry about the parlous state of our goalkeeping. We know, as do opposing managers with a lot less nous than Nigel Clough, how vulnerable we are to quick breakaways and at set pieces. Sixer and Benno as assistant first team coaches anyone?
But is the visit to Burton winnable all the same? Of course it is.
Two-one to them is already taken, by the wonderful Burton Albion “Pieman” – he’s an expert on the quality of pies sold by the Brewers’ opponents; see his Who are You? interview from tomorrow morning – but here’s your chance to guess the score.
A Sunderland-supporting winner will receive a copy of the second volume of Tales from The Red and Whites. A Burton fan, or neutral, will win a suitable alternative.
Get guessing. First to post the correct score wins but must have a UK delivery address.
Ha’way the Lads.