Drink it in – so many rea­sons to be pos­i­tive

Sunderland Echo - - Sport - Rory Fal­low

In the Wise Men Say col­umn lead­ing up to the Pre­ston game, I was ques­tion­ing whether or not we had truly hit rock bot­tom.

The mis­er­able ham­mer­ing away to Ip­swich and the games lead­ing up to it were so bad, that I was fear­ful things would get even worse be­fore they got bet­ter.

It would be far too bold to claim that we to­tally turned things around at Deep­dale but it was cer­tainly an im­prove­ment on the pro­ceed­ing weeks, with The Lads look­ing com­mit­ted, com­posed and clin­i­cal when go­ing forward.

It’s enough to make me look forward to to­mor­row’s game against QPR, if noth­ing else.

Isn’t that just ex­actly what Sun­der­land are about though? They drag you down, beat you up and then tan­ta­lise you with how good things could be. That tan­ta­lis­ing isn’t done by win­ning ei­ther, it’s done by just miss­ing out and mak­ing you think “well maybe we aren’t so bad af­ter all, we can turn this around”.

They take you to the sweet shop win­dow but never take you in­side, let­ting you see what you could have but never ac­tu­ally giv­ing it to you.

So you would think I would be pre­pared to be brought back down to earth when Ian Hol­loway and his West Lon­don mob travel up on Satur­day, right?

Wrong! Ai­den McGeady is back and tore Pre­ston apart last time out, QPR haven’t got a chance. Dun­can Wat­more will make another ex­plo­sive ap­pear­ance and he’ll leave Ne­dum Onouha & Co bam­boo­zled.

I don’t care if our de­fence haven’t kept a clean sheet all sea­son, they ac­tu­ally looked for­mi­da­ble a cou­ple of weeks ago and I’m not scared of Matt Smith and Jamie Mackie.

OK, maybe I don’t feel quite as con­fi­dent as that but if we can’t get that elu­sive home win on Satur­day, you do won­der if we ever will.

QPR are 16th in the ta­ble, only six points bet­ter off than us and haven’t won on the road all sea­son.

I know, that’s all the in­for­ma­tion you need to put your mort­gage on the vis­i­tors coming away from the Sta­dium of Light with all three points, but I’m grasp­ing tightly at the straws that were the Pre­ston game. Surely we can put an end to this wretched record?

So let’s for­get the fact that we haven’t won at home in al­most a year. Who cares if the striker most likely to lead the line for us only has one goal to his name? Don’t tell me our goal­keep­still ers haven’t played con­vinc­ingly all sea­son.

I don’t want to hear that the only rea­son we aren’t bot­tom of the ta­ble is be­cause the one club be­neath us can barely af­ford to pay their play­ers.

This is for our fu­ture selves to worry about, let them deal with the po­ten­tial dis­ap­point­ment if and when it ar­rives.

For now, we have rea­sons to sug­gest we might ac­tu­ally win a game of football! At home! Drink it in.

The Wise Men Say pod­cast is avail­able from ev­ery Mon­day, with SAFC de­bate from a va­ri­ety of guests and post-match re­ac­tion from Si­mon Grayson. You can stream it di­rect from wise­men­say.co.uk or sub­scribe to it on iTunes

Ai­den McGeady tore Pre­ston apart last time out

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