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By Paul Dobson
I seem to remember the last blog banging on about it being a funny old week, even for a Sunderland supporter, with the only normal bit being defeat. Well, it got even funnier, and not in a “ha ha” way. I’d “celebrated” the Palace game by spending the evening in the company of a couple of lads from New York, one of whom had supported us from afar via TV and was making his first trip to a “real” game, and his colleague. Let’s just say that Charlie now really “gets” Sunderland – he thought he did before, but he really understands now. His colleague Rob was a bit taken aback by the whole thing – match, atmosphere, fans, our rattling on about things that happened years ago, the lasses in the bar…..
The next “non-ha ha” part? Well, Big Sam’ll Fix It, courtesy of the Telegraph. We’re obviously part of the story, and by association tainted by it. It could only happen to us – was there a burial ground as well as colliery on the site of our ground, and are we therefore forever cursed? When Januzaj’s injury (six weeks) was announced, it was easy to imagine Gypsy Rose Lee sticking pins in a red and white shirt. Let’s be honest, we should be used to it by now, but at least the bookies had us as favourites to win today.
Are they mad? Another sort of makeshift side, with no left footed player starting, missed a good early chance through Defoe, then had to endure WBA’s customary time-wasting with each goal kick taking half a minute. Was a draw a fair result? Probably, because we didn’t get behind their defence often enough and we didn’t create enough chances.
At least we get next weekend off for good behaviour. I’ll not be spending time watching England.
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The Black Cats will definitely be back in the premier league next season after a comfortable two-nil win over West Bromwich Albion this evening (May 7).
First half goals from Jack Colback and Fabio Borini proved decisive and confirmed Sunderland are now mathematically safe from relegation.
Just three weeks ago they were seven points adrift at the bottom of the table - it really has been a great escape!
West Brom striker Stephane Sessegnon has been granted a work permit and will be available for his side's Premier League clash with former club Sunderland this weekend.
The Black Cats travel to the Hawthorns to face the Baggies on Saturday afternoon.
Stephane Sessegnon has today been granted a work permit. He is now available to make his debut against his former club Sunderland on Sat.
A man who was arrested on suspicion of racial or religious intentional harassment has been released on bail. He was arrested by officers investigating alleged racist abuse at the Sunderland v West Brom match on 24th November, at the Stadium of Light.