Monsieur Salut writes: here’s another Guess the Score. Pete Sixsmith may or may not enter but is already fearful of another home defeat, sensing that Preston North End are simply too well organised for us. As each matchday passes, the exercise of predicting results looks more academic. The point may soon come at which not even blind faith and predictions of SAFC-winning scorelines can any longer make a difference to the way things will end up in May …

Salut! Sunderland is not about to wash its hands of Sunderland AFC, or even to wash its hands of the labour of love running this site entails.

Each of those mostly closely concerned with what we try to do on these pages has decades of support under the belt even if personal circumstances make the level of attendance at games a matter of great variation.

We have therefore been there, done that. We know following Sunderland is hardly, for the most part, a case of savouring glory, more one of unrequited love.

We won’t stop being SAFC supporters because the club has been allowed to slide in disgraceful fashion towards what we used to call the Third Division, even then with no likelihood of a Gates or Gabbiadini, not to mention a Benno, Armstrong or MacPhail, to bring us straight back up. Savour the video I have posted above. Or maybe don’t; it might reduce you to tears.

I did speculate a few weeks ago (ie a few draws and defeats ago) about withdrawing prizes from Guess the Score. But for now, the competition remains as it was.

Impertinent as this may seem, I shall also suggest that Chris Coleman’s best bet for retaining the goodwill he largely enjoys is to accept that since draws are now of virtually no use whatsoeever, there is no longer the least room for negativity.

Bringing off Asoro when the hapless Steele was sent off at QPR went down badly with the betrayed travelling support, and it is no great surprise that it should have done so. QPR are hardly the best team we’ve faced all season. We ought to have pressed on for a scrappy win, even with 10 men, knowing full well that we simply haven’t the sort of side that can be trusted to see through half a game without conceding.

Coleman, of course, is paid a lot of money to know better.

But where does he honestly expect survival points to come from – assuming he still believes in his heart that the other relegation contenders are bad enough to allow us to escape – if we seek merely to avoid defeat, not to win?

Something like this – you choose the names

Guess the Score. Be right, be first, have a UK delivery address and the usual mug will be yours (eventually – I am notoriosuly slow to order prizes) whether you support SAFC, PNE or someone else entirely. Bear in mind that whatever the PNE Who are You? interviewee predicts will be the valid entry for that scoreline.

Ha’way the Lads.

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19 Responses to “SAFC vs PNE Guess the Score: the Coleman factor and keeping faith” Subscribe

  1. Terry March 13, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    Great read Colin. Cheered me up. I’m puffing me chest out, shaking off my feelings of being like the Little Match Girl watching the last of my spluttering Lucifers die and going for a home win.

    Us 2 – 1 Them

  2. John Mac March 13, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

    Believe me, it will happen one day.

    Asoro & ……mmmmm….. – Catts. Just because

  3. Bill March 13, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

    3-1 to the lads starting with another rocket from Oviedo.

  4. Wrinkly Pete March 13, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

    My continued absence through circumstance does not appear to be having the uplift I hoped it might. I therefore appeal to Chris Coleman when he reads this – as surely he must – to show it to his men, I have not given up on them……… 4-3 win to The Lads. Yippee!

  5. Phil D March 13, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

    1-0 to the Lads.

    The start of a great escape……

  6. Steven Scott March 13, 2018 at 8:46 pm #

    Sunderland 0-2 Preston ??

    • salutsunderland March 17, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

      Another defeat for us, another win for Mr Scott!

  7. Edwward March 13, 2018 at 11:10 pm #

    Despite the optimism, perhaps even gallows humour, shown by the previous posters, I shall have to go for 2-0 to PNE.

  8. Norm March 13, 2018 at 11:55 pm #

    I feel strangely anxious – well, actually, not particularly ‘strange’. After nearly 60 years out of the top flight, PNE fans are more resigned rather than anxious.

    Sunderland have got to win sometime soon??? My PNE are such an ‘honest’, uncomplicated team drifting under the radar all season and now trying to sneak into that often sweet 6th spot. Only Edward above is making me feel a little more reassured.

    Okay – I want to say 3 2 to North End; I fear, Sunderland 2 PNE 1 but I will make.

    Sunderland 1 PNE 1 my final prediction.

    Don’t you just love football? 🙂

    • salutsunderland March 14, 2018 at 9:39 am #

      The above is the prediction from our PNE Who are You? interviewee, whose thoughts will appear here tomorrow. Welcome, Norm …

      • William C March 14, 2018 at 10:58 am #

        Eleven! – how many for the opposition?

  9. CSB March 14, 2018 at 9:03 am #

    After our pathetic capitulation to Villa in our last home game, really you should just go and look again at the three awful goals we conceded, home advantage to Sunderland is a negative!!

    Sunderland 0 – 1 PNE, thank you so much Ellis Short.

    • CSB March 14, 2018 at 9:07 am #

      P.S Ellis, you are without doubt the worst Chairman we have ever had, when Nial left the writing was on the wall, you make Tom Cowie look like a savior.

  10. Mike March 14, 2018 at 7:51 pm #

    The Lads to win 3-2,win this game and we’re back in the mix.

  11. Paul March 15, 2018 at 6:27 pm #


  12. Paul March 15, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

    0-0, the most unlikely result.

  13. Pete Sixsmith March 16, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

    A reprise of 1964 as we destroy the Lilywhites 4-0. Well, an old man can dream can’t he…….

  14. Eric012 March 17, 2018 at 8:20 am #

    4 – 0 young Peter? Are you losing faith? It will be a score to gladden your heart. SAFC Sixer PNE 0.

  15. Norm March 19, 2018 at 11:35 am #

    I’ve written a comment on Pete’s match report, but in term’s of my pre match predictions, all I got right was Graham Wesley’s continued futile attempt to be a ‘medal winner’.

    All the best Sunderland for what lies ahead.

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