Sunderland’s fate was all but confirmed last night following a late Norwich equaliser – but what they did to prior to kick off was quite amusing, with the club appearing to take an internet rumour involving Newcastle fans a little too seriously..
Tickets were just £1 for last night’s game (in a desperate attempt to get a bigger attendance), however it was suddenly announced that no cash turnstiles were being operated. This due to alleged fears that Newcastle fans would turn up to mock their impending relegation to the third tier.
This was only an only rumour created from the minority (and it wasn’t even a game where their relegation could be confirmed), but it was enough to see them take action.
A petty idea, but one that has hardly been dealt with well from the Mackems, seeing them closing all cash turnstiles in fear of Mags snapping up their £1 tickets for the game!
?️Supporters are advised to allow plenty of travel time to the @StadiumOfLight tonight due to poor weather conditions.
Please note that there will be NO cash turnstiles in operation evening. https://t.co/SUAQ71TwBh
— Sunderland AFC ?⚪ (@SunderlandAFC) April 10, 2018
SunderLOL will be closing all cash turnstiles tonight due to suggestions that Toon fans would go along to cheer Norwich on. LOL. Anyone wanting to go who hasn't got a season ticket has to go to box office and prove they support SunderLOL. Tickets were only a quid
— All NUFC Fans (@All_NUFC_Fans) April 10, 2018
As expected, there was a miserly attendance on a wet night on Wearside, and it didn’t end well. Ex-Mag Grant Hanley setting up Ivo Pinto to score a 89th minute equaliser, denying them of a win they so desperately needed.
It wasn’t so long ago that they fancied themselves for a ‘great escape’ too, with them pulling off a shock 4-1 win at Derby. Normal service has been resumed since then, however. It was followed by a home 1-3 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, then them surrendering a 1-0 lead at Leeds the weekend after and last night they could only muster a point.
Relegation rivals Burton, Barnsley, Birmingham and Bolton may have all lost themselves last night, but Sunderland need to be gaining much more than a point on these sides with just 4 games left to play.
What a mess.