Paul Summerside senses a season-defining game just ahead

So after tonight’s win at Carlisle in the Carabao Cup, is Paul Summerside chuffed to bits, mildly encouraged or part of a jury that’s still out?  Where he stands will be hugely influenced by what happens at Barnsley on Saturday …

 


Tonight, as I write, we lie mid table and are in the 3rd round of the league cup.

Simon Grayson has settled nicely into the job, players appear to be playing for him and home crowds are still 30,000-ish. Not too shabby on first impression.

 

Decent cup performances, with an excellent win at Norwich, offer hope and suggest potential.

However, there are still gaping holes to be filled in Grayson’s squad  if we are to compete seriously in this league.

We’ve played three sides who I expect to be top eight – Derby, Sheff Wed and Leeds.

Though not embarrassed in any of these games, a return of two points from nine is disappointing, especially as two of these games were at home.

Results so far against the league’s better teams mean that wins against the lesser teams are essential, just to keep in touch.

The good news is that there are no “stand out” teams this year, and lost ground can be made up quite quickly.

And so on to Barnsley on Saturday.

The last game before the international break, and the closure of the transfer window. A massive following behind the lads again. A game that I feel will define our season.

Win this and we go to eight points….a decent start. Lose or draw and its five or six, which is mediocre.

The outcome will also have a bearing on what happens between now and August 31 regarding transfer targets. Snodgrass, McCormack and Leadbitter are far more likely to come to a top 10 Championship side going places than to a bottom half side treading water.

All in all a very important week coming up for Simon Grayson, Martin Bain, the players and the red and white army.

Tags:

Salut! Sunderland is written, illustrated and edited by - and principally for - supporters of Sunderland AFC. The site aims to be sufficiently literate and entertaining to appeal to people who do not follow SAFC but enjoy good football writing.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Scunthorpe vs SAFC prize Guess the Score: make Rod Liddle eat his words

Jake says click the banner to enter the prize Guess the Score

Monsieur Salut introduces the latest prize Guess the Score competition. Don’t worry if your entry is ‘held for moderation’ – […]

View from the Avenue: a Sunderland rallying cry to still half-term wobbles

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Monsieur Salut says: Paul Summerside and I joust regularly at Facebook about Brexit, a subject I broadly feel wisest to […]

Scunthorpe vs Sunderland Who are You?: ‘please don’t sing Garden Shed or Shearer song’

Click the banner to see the Who are You? series for this season so far

Monsieur Salut writes: Ian Moore* came our way thanks to Matt Blanchard from the Scunthorpe Iron-Bru fan site and podcast […]

French Fancies: ‘star chroniclers’ Henry Winter, Sam Wallace and tenuous Sunderland links

Salut Banner2(featured image)

France’s leading Sunday newspaper hails four stars of Premier League football writing[/caption] How can I make this sound like it […]

Rate the ref: Sunderland v Luton Town

Rate The Ref featured image

The 223 posts have been put in the spreadsheet. (Mr Probert didn’t score very well). The poll has been removed […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland rue lack of killer finish as Luton are gifted a penalty

Jake

SAFC made a return to the Stadium of Light, Pete Sixsmith made a return to the Stadum of Light and […]

Page generated in 1.028 seconds. Stats plugin by www.blog.ca