There might be sunderland fans out there who going into the final game of the season will be reassuring themselves that only six league placings separate their club and Newcastle United.
The reality of course is that this season it isn’t so much ‘mind the gap’ as….’don’t they look like ants from up here’!
The league table currently shows Newcastle United 21 points behind the Manchester clubs and 20 points ahead of the mackems. If United can pull off a win at Goodison then that would almost certainly mean we finished the season closer to the title winners than seunderland were to us.
I have never measured us against the mackems, I just see it as a natural way of things to be way ahead of them in the league…..unless we have had a rubbish season. So what I’m trying to say is that if we have a decent season we’ll automatically finish above them, which is why I never understand Newcastle fans getting all tied up in knots as they worry about them finishing above us, even when we are way ahead of them in the league.
Yes we all know that their fans will have an open top bus on the very odd occasion they finish one step above us in the gutter, a bit like our relegation season when they managed a whole two points difference.
Not that long ago, I was still having arguments with mates who still were desperate for the mackems to beat even though they were playing a team like Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs who were in and around us. It wasn’t just they were desperate for sunderland to get beat for sadistic pleasure (which I can understand), they honestly thought that our neighbours were going to somehow spout wings and fly up the league….a bit like on holiday when you are watching some horrible cockroach lookalike crawling along but reassured that it is no problem because you can take evasive action well before it crawls towards you, only for wings to appear magically from its back and it goes airborne!
So there you have it, only worry when mackem cockroaches sprout wings.