First time I’ve got to see Sunderland in person this season (though watched a couple of matches on TV), and other than being a division lower and having had an influx of players, not much difference Weird seeing Roy Keane in the dugout and Dwight Yorke on the pitch in a Sunderland shirt, but they still seem to have a basic lack of control and common sense. There were some excellent moves in the first half, but just didn’t lead anywhere or broke down. Some excellent passing combinations would be ruined by stupid errors – either players being over-confident and trying things beyond their skill, or simply loosing concentration.
Thankfully, and no disrespect meant, Sheffield Wednesday were poor. Against better opposition, especially in the second half, Sunderland would have conceeded at least two goals. Poor linesman decisions didn’t help, with some Sunderland players clearly becoming paranoid and not running through when on the ball. Ironic that Leadbitter’s goal came from a pretty poor couple of minutes play!
But, as we had passes for the Black Cats bar, turned out to be a good afternoon. Much nicer standing having a couple of drinks in a warm, comfortable, carpeted bar rather than surrounded by concrete pillars, burger stalls and toilets! Seats were pretty good too, just off to the side of the goal, but up in the Black Cats club seating area meaning padded seats. Makes such a difference, really does!
Nice to get to another match with dad too – it’s his 60th birthday tomorrow and my birthday on Tuesday, so was kind of an early celebration maybes, but also good to spend some more time together. Think all the matches towards the end of last season were part of a realisation I wasn’t going to be there much longer. Didn’t expect to still be here *this* season, but good to make the most of it!