It is Norwich v Sunderland (12.45 KO) this lunchtime before Newcastle United’s (yet another) must win match with Swansea.

No doubt the pubs in the city centre will be extra full, extra early, with the game at Carrow Road seemingly pivotal to any hope Newcastle fans have of staying up.

In the lead up to today’s matches, we asked what result you wanted?

This being the position…

A Norwich win would surely see the Canaries out of reach of Newcastle, with a nine point gap and better goal difference.

A draw would see them go a still daunting seven points ahead with the better goal difference, whilst the Mackems would be three ahead of United.

A Sunderland win would see them five points ahead of Newcastle and Norwich six points, with the gap to safety narrowing to three (and Norwich currently seven goals better off than Newcastle) if NUFC beat Swansea.

Whilst for neutrals the choice would probably feel an obvious one in terms of wanting to keep the gap to safety as small as possible, what did Newcastle fans decide…?

49% Sunderland win

37% A Draw

14% Norwich win

Interesting to see only 14% want to see Sunderland get nothing and I think if Newcastle fans had more confidence in their team getting the necessary points, that figure would probably have been even smaller.

The reality is though that half of the thousands of Newcastle fans polled, want the Mackems to win – this is what we have been reduced to!