Jake: ‘what a night this could be’


Towards the end of last season,
not quite a year ago so not at the very end, Burton Albion visited the Stadium of Light, won 2-1 and sent Sunderland down for the second successive season.

The fact that most of us were already resigned to relegation made it little easier to stomach and the Netflix documentary Sunderland Til I Die captured the misery in all its raw intensity.

Tomorrow night, a quite different issue is at stake when Burton return to Wearside. A splendid Sunderland run, punctuated only by the heartbreak of Wembley, means that we have only to draw to go second. The race to secure an automatic promotion race would would not be over, but it would be a step forward towards ending in our favour.

A glance at Sunderland’s history reveals plenty of evidence of when we have stumbled on the big occasion, the Checkatrade Trophy final being the latest example.

But as so many others have noted, the team Jack has built is one on immense character, capable of coming back from setbacks in numerous matches and winning when winning is crucial. The away victories at Accrington Stanley and Rochdale are two cases in point.

By a delicious coincidence, it was Burton Albion that made this advance into the top two possible. Beating Barnsley on Saturday, as we were grinding out a win at Rochdale, did us a great favour – while also reminding us that they will be no walkover at our place.

One mug has already been won for the Burton game. Our Brewers interviewee Dave Child cannot make it to the game but will receive one for his indefatigable services to Salut! Sunderland‘s Who are You? series. Once again, he has dug us out of a hole and his answers will appear later today.

The second winner’s mug, of course, will go to the reader who is first to be correct with the scoreline in this important game. You just need to have a UK delivery address if you are right before anyone else.

Have a go. And Ha’way the Lads.

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16 Responses to “Sunderland vs Burton Albion Guess the Score: a night to go second?” Subscribe

  1. William C April 8, 2019 at 9:29 am #

    I think this will be very close – 2-1 to SAFC

  2. Phil D April 8, 2019 at 9:55 am #

    Sunderland 3 Burton 1

    A lot of goals.

  3. Terry April 8, 2019 at 10:06 am #

    Burton have got goals in them, so have we. A close run 3-2 home win for me.

  4. John Macj April 8, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

    I buggered up Rochdale by saying a clean sheet was on but I ll go for 4-0 again.
    Wyke, McGeady, onien, og

  5. John Mac April 8, 2019 at 12:03 pm #

    I buggered up Rochdale by saying a clean sheet was on but I ll go for 4-0 again.
    Wyke, McGeady, onien, og

    • John Mac April 8, 2019 at 4:02 pm #

      If McGeady’s out Grigg will step up. If Grigg’s out Sterling will step up.

      I an taste the tea already

  6. Eric012 April 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

    My new – and successful – score of choice is three nowt.

  7. Malcolm Ray April 8, 2019 at 2:23 pm #

    2-0 home win just to improve the GD but any win will do

  8. Bill April 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm #

    2-2 to the lads

  9. wrinkly pete April 8, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

    I will be there to experience this…… (to The Lads) 0-1, 1-1, 2-1, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 4-3 win. OMG!

  10. Robert Hutchison April 8, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

    1-0 to the Sunderland, I’m on a roll.

  11. Mike April 8, 2019 at 7:05 pm #

    The Lads to win 4-2,Grigg (2),Leadbitter, Sterling.

  12. Mel Bond April 8, 2019 at 8:39 pm #

    The eternal optimist says any win will do at this stage of the season will do but one has to stay true , positive and in control yes they have goals in them but so have we it’s a 5-2 to the lads confidence high we are going up automatically may even take league at this rate

  13. CSB April 9, 2019 at 7:42 am #

    Sunderland 4 -1 Albion….Burton go for a burton!

  14. Paul April 9, 2019 at 6:16 pm #

    5-2 home win

  15. Salutsunderland April 10, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

    Bill was on the right track but no one got it right

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