Oh, the shame of playing in the FA Cup first round. That’s one way of looking at Sunday’s visit to Port Vale. Another is to be philosophical about the chance to test players’ fitness, give lesser-used squad members some game time and maintain the great recent run for Sunderland AFC.
Vale fans are excited about the draw, the prospect of seeing high-flying opposition in a full stadium. Our Who are You? interviewee has talked of the match promising to be “a cracker against a team who were only playing in the Premier League a couple of years ago and, despite being in League One, are one of the biggest clubs in the country”.
We are still in Just for Fun mode. No prize will be awarded to the reader who correctly predicts the outcome of this game. It’s hard to feel too sorry for Chris Boyle, who rightly went for a 2-0 win at Plymouth, as he already has problems finding storage space for the prize mugs he’s won in the past.
But the entry for Plymouth was healthy enough so have another go. Most of us probably want very much to win while seeing the FA Cup as of secondary importance to staying in an automatic promotion place. Vale fans are heartily invited to take part.
Ha’way the Lads.