Jake: ‘Yep, it’s still a mug for the winner’

Just as Sunderland supporters were given two reasons to smile – the dismissal of Simon Grayson demanded by so many and a sudden leap to the heady heights of third bottom – a quick look at the Championship results and table showed the other sick man of North-eastern football suddenly feeling a lot more perky.

Boro’s 3-1 win at Hull City took them to just outside the playoffs and reminds us of the scale of Sunday’s task with or more likely without a new manager.


But remember Boro were in the bottom half almost the last time we looked. We may not feel particularly confident about the strength of Sunderland’s squad but it does show how a couple of good results can spark an uptable surge. Oh, and we’re unbeaten in four of the last five games even if winning still looks the sort of thing only others do.

Enough of the gallows humour, fantasy and false hope, you might say. So without further clutching at straws, let’s get the Boro vs SAFC Guess the Score on the road.

Wrinkly Pete’s faith in 3-3 results finally paid off – he’s still kicking himself for not entering it for Brentford – when Paddy McNair salvaged a point against mighty Bolton Wanderers.

A mug awaits him – and whoever is first with the correct scoreline for the Tees-Wear derby. Boro fan are as always welcome to enter and, in line with this season’s new rule for the competition, our Who are You? candidate’s entry is automatically entered.

Andy Falconer, one of several Boro fans in Monsieur Salut’s family (sister moved there when young), has done a grand interview, talking as eloquently as a Smoggie can about the similar pride and passion North-eastern supporters take in their clubs. He fears the worst for us after the Grayson sacking and goes for a 2-1 home win in Sunday. So that outcome is taken.

Have a go. First with the correct result wins a mug of suitable design.

And Ha’way the Lads.

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13 Responses to “Middlesbrough vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score: life after Simon” Subscribe

  1. CSB November 2, 2017 at 8:12 am #

    Boro 2 – 2 Sunderland, our draw specialty continues

    • salutsunderland November 2, 2017 at 8:18 am #

      I am not sure what concoction of alcohol and wishful thinking initially made me write unbeaten in four games as opposed to unbeaten in four out of five.

      I declare 2-1 to Boro as an entry taken by the Who are You! interviewee (article to appear this afternoon), my own nephew Andy Falconer.

  2. Eric012 November 2, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    Boro 0 SAFC 1 is what I shall have emblazoned on my latest mug. Wifey was most relieved on Tuesday when the 5th goal went in, she thought, horror of horrors, that she had guessed correctly and the postman was on his way. Not to be.

  3. Peter Sixsmith November 2, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    Boro 0 Sunderland 2. Tommy Miller and Julio Arca – oh wait, that’s already happened…..

  4. John Mac November 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    1-2
    We can score these days but we can’t keep a clean sheet, besides which Pete has taken the 0-2 I was gong to choose.

    Ndong, Grabban for us, in that order, an og for them.

    Half time 0-2

    Crowd 28, 641

    Big bald bloke in a check shirt eating a pie just behind the goal.

    Anything else you’d like to know?

  5. Jeff Bell November 2, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    Peter Reid and Kevin Philips……. Dream Team!!!

    • Eric012 November 2, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

      Include Alex Rae as first team coach and I’m in.

  6. Phil D November 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    1-1

    Hopefully the Lads will play for their new (temporary) managers.

    Still no clean sheet, however.

  7. Paul November 2, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    Why not 0-3 to Sunderland? Loads of reasons but
    I will ignore them in a bout of blind faith,

  8. Malc Ray November 2, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    Smoggies 2 cats 3 – can’t see a clean sheet at either end

  9. Wrinkly Pete November 2, 2017 at 8:50 pm #

    As unlikely as 3-3 looked pre match on Tuesday, I now go for 0-0!

  10. Mike November 2, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    The Lads to win 3-1 ,if only.

  11. salustunderland November 6, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    No winners, least of all us

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