Jake: 'ha'way Lads, let's have a fourth win for Big Sam'

Jake: ‘ha’way Lads, let’s have a fourth win for Big Sam’

Now is the time for Sunderland to get both parts of the package right: play well and win rather settling for gallant loser status.

After all the praise heaped on the team for a performance that deserved so much better than a 3-1 defeat, Ian Todd, a name synonymous with the London branch of the SAFC Supporters’ Association, brought us down to earth a little with this tweet …

Since we cannot rely on Jose Mourinho’s charmless, charmlessly led Chelsea to stretch their rotten form to our game at Stamford Bridge on December 19, Ian is right according to all logic to be pessimistic.

That makes home games like Watford on Saturday all the more important as sources of points. On the basis of our form in most of all recent seasons, and the games played under Dick Advocaat this season, this has a worrying layer of banana skin potential. Gone are the days when we could look at the fixtures list and tick off the SoL matches against promoted clubs as home bankers.

Watford have been good, at times very good. If Leicester were not doing spectacularly well, Quique Flores would have been collecting even greater plaudits for his achievements. Six wins and four draws from 15 puts them in 10th place on merit.

But we have recently beaten comparable sides, Crystal Palace and Stoke City, and threatened to upset title challengers at the Emirates. Beating Watford is not beyond us, subject to the usual provisos about discipline, concentration and commitment. And the Arsenal game was a reminder of what happens when you make but don’t take chances.

So Guess the Score. It’s a rollover so all the more reason to have a go. The winner will receive either two mugs, instead of the usual one, from our sponsors Personalised Football Gifts, showing a dressing room scene. The name(s) of your choice go on the No 12 shirt, or a framed print of the same image. I will update this information once I am clear on whether the option is available.

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Watford supporters are warmly welcome if they wish to enter and if one wins, he or she will receive an appropriate alternative.

Usual rules: be the first to post the correct scoreline before kick off and you win. You must have a UK delivery address amnd Monsieur Salut’s decision is final.

Ha’way the Lads.

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20 Responses to “Sunderland v Watford Guess the Score: can Big Sam grab that fourth win?” Subscribe

  1. Julian Smith December 9, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    Will go for 3-2 home win, very unpredictable season and few results would surprise me for this one

  2. William C December 9, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    SAFC 2 Watford 1

  3. Rob December 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    2-0 Home Win, Stadium of light will be rocking and we will be bang up for it!

  4. wrinkly pete December 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    Hmmph! Beaten to my favourite 3-2 win by Julian and I bet it comes true. So I will plump for 3-1 win.

  5. Eric012 December 9, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    Keep Ighalo quiet (and then sign him in the summer) and it’s 1 – 0.

  6. Paul December 9, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    1-1 . I feel.

  7. George December 9, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    0 -2 to Watford I’m afraid, unless you get some more help from the refs (Newcastle, Stoke) And you won’t be able to park the bus like you did against Palarse.

  8. Derek December 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    I’ll go for a 3-1 win to the lads…

  9. Phil D December 9, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    Late getting here so 3-0 to Sunderland.

  10. Mike December 9, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    4-2 to The Lads,we just might cut loose.

  11. Bill December 9, 2015 at 8:34 pm #


  12. ianoklahoma December 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    5-1….take the to the cleaners!

  13. malcolm December 10, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    I am optimistic about this one and feel it will be 2-0 to us. I know that score’s already gone so if my waters are right the mug will be heading Rob’s way.

    A few reflections. Borini’s misses have been disappointing but I think he’ll find form with more playing time. He more or less missed a whole season last year remember and earlier in the season JD missed similar chances but seems sharper now.

    Cattermole and Larsson are the big misses in the current formation as it is their covering play which allows PVA and Jones or Yedlin to attack and not leave the defence exposed. This was Fab’s weakness on Saturday, though had Catts been playing M’Vila would have done the job. Toivonan did well but Watmore is no Cattermole on the left. Both he and Borini bring something different to the formation but twice we got caught out in the right back spot. Seb’s industry just might have been the difference.

    We seem to be going in the right direction but another centre back would seem to be a priority in the January window, as Brown is all we have in reserve there, except of course for the out of favour Roberge and the on loan Vergini. I wonder if Sam has looked at them (assuming we could bring Vergini back if needed). They may not be world beaters but it seems daft to me that they are on the wage bill and not even in the squad when surely both are more natural centre backs than Billy Jones who was handed that role at Everton.

  14. CSB December 10, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Safc 4 – 0 Watford,

    Same as Arsenal except this time we take our chances!!!!

  15. Gerry December 10, 2015 at 11:56 am #

    SAFC 2 – 0 Much improved last weekend & hopefully we can keep that standard up.

  16. malc Ray December 10, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    2-2 only a point for a great performance

  17. David J December 10, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

    Think we will turn them over but for the sake of a mug I will predict 0-1

    • salutsunderland December 15, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      You are an unpopular winner! Will be in touch

  18. Pam Stokoe December 10, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    It’s been some time since I’ve felt able to even hazard a guess at what my team are likely to do!

  19. david heterington December 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    Safc 5 Watford 2!! I actually think 3-1 but that’s gone, so I go with th 5-2 to the lads on the grounds of desperation, both for a mug, but also for the confidence building win!

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