At the start I dare say that was the aim for most of us, but now we’ve achieved that we can also look at some other, perhaps more surprising, targets.
It would have been catastrophic had we slipped straight back into the Championship. It was bad enough the first time around and to go back to it so soon would have been hard to stomach. Thankfully that has been averted and we can now look forward to next season with a sense of cautious optimism and anticipation.
However, there is still something to play for this season – pride. Not just the professional pride of the players who will no doubt want to win every game despite their sometimes glaring technical failures, but also for the pride of our fans.
I’m talking about finishing above Sunderland of course. Those inbreeds from down the road have been giving it large ever since we were relegated. They had one season out of our shadow and the silly little tramps have caught sunstroke and let it go to their head.
As things stands, even if we get humped at Stamford Bridge later, we’ll still be above the tramps. After all of the money they have spent they are still below us, they still get crap crowds (despite Quinn’s Working Mens Club tour) and they still have pink seats in their ground. Look up sad in the dictionary and you’ll see a Mackem next to it.
They have spent massively in comparison to us, yet they are no further in front of us. They are floundering and are lucky that the season is nearly at an end – one more month and we’d be laughing at them going down such is the run of form that they are in at the minute.
I look at them and laugh. They need to spend an absolute fortune over the summer just to stay at the same level. Nearly half of their first-team aren’t actually owned by them and nearly all of their income is spent on paying those players. They never quite found that next level despite the claims that they will be pushing for Europe. At one stage they even mobilised the caravan site in preparation of a trip abroad. Settle down tramps.
All it’s going to take for us to finish above Sunderland is three points from our last two games. They could swing it if they can score a shedload of goals, but they don’t actually have a fit striker in their expensively assembled megasuperstar-squad so I can’t see that happening. It’s all a bit…… embarrassing for them really.
They bragged, and we beat them 5-1. They moaned about how classless we were during the celebrations and vowed to repay us at the Stadium of Shite. That never happened as we played them off the park and were denied another win by a last-gasp Gyan goal that had lucky written all over it. Still, it gave those that remained a chance to have an FA Cup winning style celebration.
So thank you Sunderland. Thank you for putting a smile on my face despite all of the misgivings at my club. You really have made me smile this season. From the bragging to the desperation, keep it up. I enjoy it.
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