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Sunderland afcWhat a nervous day for North East football fans

I admit, the nail biting has already started and I’m offering prayers that Aston Villa and Manchester United do the right thing and win their respective matches, seriously I am not expecting Sunderland to beat Chelsea, although a well fought draw would be nice. We really ought not to have been in this position after making such a promising start to the campaign under Roy Keane, yet somehow I believe that even he might have found it impossible to sustain the pre Christmas performances, and Ricky Sbragia was left working with Keane’s squad of mainly poor buys in another epic battle for Premiership survival.

The players and the management have only themselves to blame for putting die hard fans through the mill once again, their league position reflects a period of ineptitude, poor decision making, and a lack of fighting spirit which would have been all that we asked for against teams such as WBA, Bolton, and Hull. Nothing transpired in the fashion that we would have wanted, yet on their day the Black Cats can play attractive passing football, but all too often recently the passing has not been designed to go to red and white shirts, and defensive errors and the inability to put the ball into the opponent’s net have cost us dearly.

The consequence is that on the final Sunday of the season our fate hangs in the balance, to be decided chiefly by our nearest rivals on a day which could easily see two north east giants relegated to the Coca Cola Championship, this is not good for the region, it’s economy, it’s confidence, or it’s hopes for the future. Survival Sunday will be tinged with sadness as some supporters carry their grief for days and weeks to come, my only hope is that I won’t be one of them.

Here’s hoping that Man. Utd. take their title in style with a workmanlike beating of Hull City, managed by South Shields born Phil Brown (nothing personal Phil, but your team has been in free fall since those heady days when you threatened the top four), and that at least one of either Middlesbrough or Newcastle survive in the Premiership along with Sunderland, next season would be a very strange one indeed without a north east derby match to look forward to.

Haway the Lads!

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Written by curly

May 24, 2009 at 10:16 am

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