The way hope was brushed aside as if no more than a slow, low-flying insect hardly inspires great confidence as Sunderland travel to Molineux, where Wolves are top, 10 points ahead of third place and winning games for fun, the last five of them on the trot.
Come back tomorrow and you’ll see why our Wolves “Who are You?” interviewee predicts an emphatic home win despite having a soft spot for Sunderland, having once lived on Wearside and been a Roker Park regular.
It is hard to quarrel with the logic of his forecast or to mistake who is who is the season’s record so far.
Position P W D L F A GD Pts
1 20 15 2 3 41 17 24 47
23 20 2 8 10 26 38 -12 14
But didn’t someone say football’s a funny game? Is it funny enough for Chris Coleman’s stretched and limited squad to pull off what shouldn’t be – looking at where the two clubs have been in recent times – but will be a huge shock?
Have a go at guessing the score. Two predictions are already taken: a 4-0 home win (see above), Who are You? volunteers always having first stab, and whatver nine-year-old Abigail Emmerson – click here to read her charming account of life as a young Sunderland supporter – comes up with, so sorry if that takes a while and you thought you were first with her prediction.
With that in mind, a non-WAY, non-Abigail winner will, if a SAFC supporter, receive a copy of Tales from The Red and Whites Volume Two – if still available from the stock in our own Pete Sixsmith’s custody (he contributed a chapter to Vulime I) or a mug if they’ve all been snapped up. A Wolves or neutral fan will be sent a suitably designed mug. Remember that any winner must have a UK delivery address. Abigail may well get a mug anyway.
Ha’way the Lads.