Here’s where you can say what you wish about the fact that we have stayed up and the manner in which that was achieved.
Yes, Paolo Di Canio is justified in claiming credit for eight points from six games in charge of a woeful, confidence-free side heading for the abyss. Yes, it would have looked an awful lot better still had we drawn at Newcastle and at home to Everton and then beaten two from Villa, Stoke and Southampton, losing the other.
But in the end, the tally would have been the same and it has come down to another team doing the business where we couldn’t.
Thank you Arsenal – Monsieur Salut has probably always been in a minority here in his admiration for Monsieur Wenger – for ensuring our safety tonight. I know you didn’t do it for us and there is no reason why you should have done, but thanks all the same. I hope it is not asking too much of our limited, depleted squad that they at least try to return the favour on Sunday.
And to Bernard Ramsdale and those other great stalwarts of proper Wigan support, commiserations. The FA Cup is not, unfortunately, quite enough to compensate for going down.
Come back soon. You deserved better, better if truth be told than us.
And for Sunderland fans, stand by for end-of-season reviews from several of our writers. If you think you can do better, contact me at the e-mail link somewhere in the bottom right corner of the main page.
See all Salut! Sunderland’s articles recalling May 5 1973 and the run that took SAFC to FA Cup glory: http://salutsunderland.com/category/fa-cup/may-5-1973/