Just cos I’m not working at Greencroft (or working at all, for that matter…) didn’t stop Trev from giving me a bell to see if I fancied going to the football. What with it being the start of the Premiership season today, and there being absolutely nothing to smile about being a Sunderland supporter, I figured “Why not?”. New seats this season, too. A good bit closer to the pitch, and my seat was perfectly dry even if a dodgy roof meant Trev got dripped on!
Heavy rain before kick-off made things interesting, with the pitch clearly waterlogged. Playing the ball to feet didn’t work too well with the water just slowing it down, and a few interesting tackles went in with players sliding around all over the place. Bit of fun. Much like rain brining excitement to Formula 1 giving Jenson Button in winning a couple of weeks ago!
Wigan can genuinely feel disappointed – they not only outplayed, but outclassed, Newcastle for the majority of the 90 minutes. Scott Parker’s goal for Newcastle was quality, but Shola Ameobi’s was more of a joke – he’d simple been sauntering up behind play, 15/20 yards behind the ball as he had done all game, when a deflection off the keeper from N’Zogbia’s shot bounced his way and he managed not to sky it or miss completely!
Still, I’m just bitter with Sunderland loosing 3-1 to Southend, of all teams, which now sees them rooted to the foot of the Championship with nothing from 4 matches. Feels like last season, except a whole division lower – and still not even close to having the quality to win matches 🙁