Monsieur Salut introduces another prize Guess the Score before embarking on a long trek through France, stopping for some disgusting but delicious andouillettes in Troyes on the way and arriving back in the UK on Wednesday night, ready for anything life throws at him (including tickets for Arsenal at home and Bournemouth away) …
If we are honest, a 2-0 defeat was as likely an outcome as any from Stoke City v Sunderland given the current state of our squad.
But the admirable optimism of Salut! Sunderland‘s readers ensured that no one predicted anything worse than a draw.
That means, of course, that since the Stoke game was a prize Guess the Score, so is West Ham v Sunderland.
I am on the road back from France from Tuesday morning, ready for my customary winter in the UK, taking in what matches I can before retreating just before the annual scramble for safety gets under way.
Usual rules: be first and be right and you win a mug. That applies whoever you support and an appropriate design will be chosen if, say, you are a Hammers fan. But you must have a UK delivery address.
Someone please hurry up and win: we still owe a special mug to Leslie Langley, SAFC-supporting TV presenter, actor and model, for becoming the 2,000th follower of Salut! Sunderland at Twitter. I keep telling him it will be sent once someone wins Guess the Score and can order them both at the same time. the excuse is wearing thin.
So have a go Lads and (the occasional) Lasses. Be upbeat, be bold or be gloomy. Who knows? Could be our day at last …
Ha’way the Lads.