We’d all hoped the mini-revival sparked by Paolo di Canio’s arrival would turn the Stoke game on Monday night into a much more relaxed occasion that seemed likely just before he arrived as head coach.
Villa Park, and a couple of good results for Stoke, changed all that.
Instead of coasting towards safety, Sunderland are still looking nervously at the reverse race for third bottom – and Stoke, on 40 points, probably feel they are just about secure.
If you think that makes for a nervy Monday evening, you think right. We’re back to PDC’s post-Chelsea comment that Sunderland were left with six cup finals. Six points from the first three; three or more needed for the three than remain.
So have a go at guessing the score. I will come up with a prize on the usual conditions: it won’t change your life and it may not even be something you specially want. A mug, maybe, the design modified if you’re a Stoke fan and are first to get the scoreline right before kickoff; a copy of Lance Hardy’s excellent book on the May 5 1973 FA Cup Final book …
… which, if you don’t trust yourself to win Guess the Score, you can buy at knockdown Amazon prices via the Salut! Sunderland link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0752898515/salusund-21
Ha’way the Lads …
See all Salut! Sunderland’s articles recalling May 5 1973 and the run that took SAFC to FA Cup glory: https://safc.blog/category/fa-cup/may-5-1973/