I want sunderland to get beat as much as the next Newcastle United fan….usually.

Questions have been asked earlier in the season when the mackems have been playing the teams in and around the black & whites and whether Newcastle fans would want their deadliest rivals to win.

These provoked some ‘strong’ responses with many fans saying they’d never want sunderland to win a match under any circumstances, whilst some were still afraid of the red & whites catching us and still others declared that we shouldn’t need to rely on other teams’ results and rely on our own results to achieve anything.

Surely now though all this has to be swept away, the current league position is Spurs 58 points, Newcastle 53 and sunderland 41.

If Newcastle win at Swansea on Friday, a sunderland win over Tottenham would leave us only two points behind with six matches to play.

With a twelve point gap and only seven matches to play surely even the worst black & white pessimist can’t think sunderland will catch us!

Just think how satisfying it would be if the mackems helped United into a Champions League placing, give them a little cheer on Saturday.