There is indeed a prize. Whether it’s a great prize depends on whether you feel a coffee mug can ever be great

Confidence remains in short supply as another failure to win a game not only exposes our limited powers of resistance but confirms our desperate short-term outlook.

As Mick Goulding and others have pointed out, here and elsewhere, a draw at in-form Millwall, while creditable enough if viewed in isolation, simply isn’t good enough in our current parlous state.

It would take the boldest of optimists to predict a rare victory against even more in-form Aston Villa, whose supporters are eyeing not the playoffs but an automatic promotion place.

Few Sunderland fans like to be reminded of this, but it was under their manager, Steve Bruce, Mag though he may be and unfortunate as his post-dismissal comments were, that we had our best season since Peter Reid’s flirtation with the top seven and our best away performance of recent times (3-0 at Chelsea).

But if other Championship sides can look at each game at this level as winnable, there should be no earthly reason why a club of the stature of Sunderland should not be able to do likewise.

It probably won’t happen if we score first and then hand the game to Villa, somehow hoping to get away with abandoning any further positive play. It won’t happen if we defend as we have done on so many occasions this season.

A performance showing the grit we mustered against Fulham and Hull City might just give us a chance. It is a chance we have to take, with time fast running out. This, and the game at QPR, may well be our last chance saloon.

Have a go. Guess the score. If you are right, and first to be right, a suitably designed mug – whether you support Sunderland or Villa – will eventually be on its way, allowing for Monsieur Salut’s notorious slow service, to your UK delivery address.

And Ha’way the Lads.

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11 Responses to “Sunderland vs Aston Villa prize Guess the Score. Last chance saloon?” Subscribe

  1. John Mac March 5, 2018 at 9:55 am #

    2-0, Asoro, McGeady

  2. Eric012 March 5, 2018 at 9:57 am #

    2 – 0. Kone and Asoro.

  3. Bill H March 5, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    2-1 to the lads.

  4. Paul March 5, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    3-2 to Sunderland.

  5. William C March 5, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    With very little confidence – 1-0 to SAFC.

  6. Phil D March 5, 2018 at 10:51 am #

    Another 1-1 draw.

    I would have said a close win to the lads but they have gone,

  7. Terry McLoughlin March 5, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Us 2 – Them 2

  8. Edwward March 5, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    I’m surprised that no one has yet gone for a Villa win. I’ll put them up to win 1-0. The basis being that I’m never right…… 🙂

  9. Wrinkly Pete March 5, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

    A “Grabban” hat trick not good enough as four different scorers for us finally secures my dream 4-3 win. Yippee!

  10. Mike March 5, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

    The Lads to win 3-1,can’t happen soon enough.

  11. Geoff Bethell March 6, 2018 at 2:02 am #

    3-3 of course

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