It’s been less than a month since we played Accrington Stanley and hasn’t a lot changed. We were crowned Pizza Cup champs the weekend before we played them for the first time this season and our promotion charge was in full force, nobody could see us losing and although the game itself was a frustrating one, it was never in doubt when we found the lead.
Just over a week ago this was viewed as potentially one of the most important Sunderland games in recent memory but unfortunately, we all know why it hadn’t turned out that way.
On Saturday, Sunderlands automatic promotion hopes slipped away as they were beaten by a subpar Blackpool side. Previous summer transfer target Luke Garbutt scored the only goal. Here are the 1 Good and 2 Bad.
It’s usually a fixture that’s highlighted on the calendars of Sunderland supporters from day one whenever we find ourselves in the same league as Blackpool but unfortunately due to the current restrictions we had to suffer the disappointment of defeat in this game without the beach, beer, tower and amusements to numb the agony of being witness to Sunderland’s third league defeat in a row.
On Saturday afternoon Sunderland were dealt a blow to their title aspirations as Charlton Athletic ran out 2-1 winners at the Stadium of Light.
It’s always Charlton, isn’t it? I’m not sure which Sunderland supporter sold their soul to the devil in 1998 and if they were at all aware of Beelzebub’s ardent infatuation with the Addicks at the time of the transaction.
Charlton are the visitors to the Stadium of Light this weekend and Nigel Adkins’ side trail sixth placed Lincoln by 3 points and 10 goals. Sunderland are looking to maintain their form and the relentless pressure which is being applied to Hull and Peterborough as they chase automatic promotion.
On Monday afternoon, the points were shared at the London Road Stadium. It took 66 minutes for the Posh to make the breakthrough in the 66th minute. Sunderland replied in the 80th minute from an Aiden McGeady freekick as the game ended 1-1.
So here it was, the first of our two supposed “biggest” games of the season and I had to take a pre-game nap to avoid overthinking and getting nervous about it; I might have to make those siestas on 8 more occasions this season as they are all big games, aren’t they? In fact, I’m tired now thinking about it.
Are we really invincible now? Sunderland win again, adapting against a dangerous Oxford side and looking more and more like potential League One champions.