Jake: ‘try to think Norwich, Burton or Forest, Lads – not Barnsley, Ipswich, Sheff Utd’

Everyone knows we can do it. Sadly, everyone also knows what seems to happen each time we say as much.

So straight over to the Salut! Sunderland jury. Does the fight to scramble away from the bottom of the Championship start with a good result at Cardiff or is our plight about to get even worse?

With third top vs bottom of the league (and bottom for a reason), the logic is in favour of a routine home win. But who knows? The addition of a central defender who is comfortable on the ball is not only reassuring. It’s something of a novelty.


See our welcome to Jake Clarke-Salter, which inspired the tweet from the Chelsea fan above, at this link

I admire the optimism ahead of each game, however dressed up in gallows humour. That is natural: we want our team to do well, we want the players we have and the manager we have to show they are up to the task.

Pete Sixsmith’s reports are always beautifully constructed but how he would welcome a chance to learn possibly new skills, writing in an upbeat manner on a consistent basis, not just every seventh game or so.

So Guess the Score, even if you don’t much like sentences that start with “So”.

Can we do it? Can we go two points better than a draw? If not, can we at least come home with a point?

Usual rules. A book or mug awaits the winner and Cardiff supporters are more than welcome to enter.

Come back later in the week for a Cardiff “Who are You?” and the Cardiff edition of Sixer’s priceless series, the First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground.

Ha’way the Lads …

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12 Responses to “Cardiff vs Sunderland Guess the Score: are things going to get better?” Subscribe

  1. Bill H January 9, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

    1-2 to the lads

  2. Eric012 January 9, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

    I’ve only been once this season (“shame on you”, I hear you shout). Mitigating circumstances are that I’m now financially reliant on my pensions now that I’ve retired and my dedicated chauffeur (aka son) naffed off to Australia to get away from the heartache. I was tempted to go to Cardiff but British Rail required 2 of my limbs to transport me. Anway, my only game was Norwich away. 3 – 1 victory and a mug winning score to boot. So same again please. 3 – 1 to me bonny lads.

    • Phil D January 10, 2018 at 1:53 am #

      I’ve only been to one game this season as well.

      I live in Mexico and was in Sunderland for the Reading game. My Mexican wife went too – her first time see the lads. She was frozen stiff, despite having loads of layers plus a blanket.

      We have season tickets here for Pumas, who play in the 1968 Olympic stadium. You can still get sunburned in winter, at the matches.

      • Eric012 January 10, 2018 at 11:54 am #

        Probably cheaper to get to Cardiff from Mexico than it is from here. British Rail prices are unbelievable for a day trip.

  3. Phil D January 9, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

    Not much better. 1-1

    • David January 10, 2018 at 5:05 am #

      Another away win with a 1-0 scoreline.

  4. John Mac January 9, 2018 at 10:35 pm #

    0-2.
    But you can have the score if you want it (and you get in first after me)

  5. Mel January 10, 2018 at 12:04 am #

    The eternal optimist was going for 2-0 to the lads but I will go the extra mile and say 3-0 and John Mac gone for the original

  6. CSB January 10, 2018 at 5:36 am #

    Cardiff 2 – 3 Sunderland, a vivid and lively imagination needed for this prediction/ premonition, pass more of those mushrooms!!!!!!!

  7. Paul January 10, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

    0-0 would be a good result.

  8. Wrinkly Pete January 10, 2018 at 4:42 pm #

    For some reason my submission of yesterday did not register. Amazingly, no-one has taken my chosen score in the meantime, phew! 4-3 to The Lads.

  9. Malcolm Ray January 10, 2018 at 10:55 pm #

    Close but no cigar – exciting 2-2 draw

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