Just watched a highlights package of Sunderland against Derby. The Stadium of Light looked barely a quarter full but no surprises there, really. Sunderland looked lucky to make it out of that game with a draw and no red cards, it was a really scrappy game. Anyone think Sunderland will get relegated again this season?
second highest attendance in the championship in that round of fixtures but aye. Cant imagine why people would be skeptical about attending after ten average at best prem seasons, being relegated watching the most depressing team Davey Moyes ever built and making a bunch of non flashy (but surprisingly effective thus far) signings. Also losing 5-0 to celtic the week, before, which might be a nice kick up the arse in a game which didn't really matter before the season started.
But yeah theres a good chance in us being relegated. Us beating Norwich fairly comfortably probably adds to that argument. We're not world beaters but our squad isnt that much different from the one last year, our manager knows the league fairly well and there's some dross in the championship. We'll be fine, maybe an outside bet at the playoffs. Honestly think Cattermole/Ndong is one of the better midfields in the league and in both of our games so far they've bossed things. Plus mcgeady is a very tidy player and Grayson looks like he's getting the best out of him
Grayson is a good manager. The quality of manager makes a bigger difference in the Champs than the Prem. Derby in terms of actual player quality are the best in the league for my money, so a draw isn't the worst result there. I don't anticipate Sunderland making any challenge for the play-offs.
Genuinely thought Derby looked a poor side against us (and i honestly expected us to lose beforehand, especially after going behind) and we definitely had the better of them for the first hour or so (not making any changes was weird and opened us up to late chances) so if that's the best team in player quality thats a worry for the standards of the league. Especially when they've lost two of their better players and not bought improvements to take their place. I'd say your lot have a better team man for man, hernandez is a brilliant championship striker and if you can keep hold of grosicki that's a wicked playmaker at this level
The pessimism ingrained in me as a sunderland fan refuses to get carried away after a decent start, but it'll be interesting to see how we fare in the next two games against sheff wed and leeds. Another four points and i'd be pleasantly surprised (and absolutely delighted), but the fact Grayson already seems to have a group of players who give their all in every game so far is enough for me and gives me hope we'll be ok this season. Maybe
we'll even win more than we lose, which is a novel idea.