A hard-earned and enterprising win against Southampton to continue Sunderland's incredible cup runs. Even with nine changes, special tribute must go to Gus Poyet and his staff for their tactics and work done on the training ground.
A competitive, but ultimately deserved win, settled by a fine goal from Craig Gardner, has put Sunderland into the FA Cup Quarter Finals – and one match from a rapid return to Wembley!
Well, the less said about our Hull predictions the better. Let’s be fair – who saw that third minute sending off coming? There is an overwhelming swing to the home side for this one, unsurprisingly, with one or two optimists amongst us who are predicting an unprecedented point. If you are looking for something to stick a quid on…I highly recommend it not being Connor’s!
It seems apt that in the build up to Wembley we have a warm up match against our daunting opponents Manchester City. Points for both clubs would be invaluable, but nothing short of three would do for the home side as they seek to re-establish themselves as the Premier League front runners. For us, that defeat against Hull City has left us languishing precariously above the drop zone with arguably the three toughest away games you could ask for, on the trot, to come. A point here, however unlikely, would be a much welcomed bonus.
An overly frustrating fixture at the Stadium of Light, from which no-one will come away with rapturous credit. The collective below-par performance is here divided between the team.
Scores on the doors ladies and gents - we're a very confident bunch this weekend with everyone predicting a home win. I remain the only person to get all the results right...yet I am not top - who made these daft rules up! 1 point for the correct result, three for the correct score.
Optimism was flying around the Stadium of Light as if it was hugging us tightly and promising to never let us go. After beating Newcastle 3-0 again away from home it seemed as if nothing could stop us on our march to safety and what better way to top of the past couple of weeks than to stick it to Steve Bruce and his constant commentary on 10th place finishing. I predicted 3-1 for this and I predicted Jozy Altidore to score too. I predicted Altidore to score a couple...I need to stop predicting things.
If you were given a choice of two teams to remedy a relatively poor (league) home form, excluding the Mags and Manchester City of course, the smart answer would be Stoke City and tomorrow’s opponent’s Hull City. Like the Potters, they have managed just five points away from home out of a possible 36. So, this should be a walk in the park, right? Hmm...
Now, I did aim for five former players because it’s a much nicer number. However, there isn’t exactly a wealth of quality to choose from. There is no way I’m advocating ‘the Curse of Kilbane’ or Michael Bridges being part of a ‘best of list’. So, here are our top four players who have represented both Sunderland and Hull City…if I’ve missed anyone who was actually good – please say so!
After a surprising absence of pre derby nerves in the build up to the match, they kicked in on Friday. I ended up watching the Di Canio derby again hoping that this year could match the result. Last year was good, but this year was better.