Sunderland fans told Newcastle supporters to enjoy Burton…and we did.
It made a lot of headlines, with the mighty Newcastle United dropping from the Premier League once again under Mike Ashley’s expert guidance, whilst at the same time tiny Burton continued their miraculous rise to play in the second tier of English football for the first time ever.
Newcastle fans saw their team win home and away against Burton Albion and each had only one goal in it.
Newcastle winning 2-1 away just before Christmas and then 1-0 in a midweek home game in April. The away match gave Newcastle fans the chance to notch up another ground and for most visitors there was the novelty of being in a (official!) standing area.
Sunderland fans celebrated staying in the Premier League in May 2016 and laughed at the fact Newcastle were set to play Burton.
Incredibly, only 18 months later, Sunderland fans are rating Burton away on Saturday as their biggest game of the season!
With indeed many of them more than ready to settle for a draw before the game takes place and comments like ‘We are that bad I’d try park the bus.’
This is how the bottom of the Championship currently looks and if Birmingham win at Middlesbrough on Wednesday night (tonight), Sunderland fans will be seven points off safety before they go to Burton.
Sunderland fans commenting on the ‘big one’ via message board Ready To Go:
‘Massive, biggest since Everton at home in 2016. Beat a poor Burton side and get a new manager bounce.’
‘Has it really come to this?
Oh, yes it has. Totally agree.’
‘It’s never dull …..’
‘What have you been watching!
Might get some rose tinted glasses mesell.’
‘If we don’t win Saturday it’s game over.’
‘When the ref blows the final whistle its game over.’
‘We will beat burton, the fight back begins, the gaffer will have learned a lot tonight, Chris Colemans Red and White Army.’
‘Can’t afford to lose, we are starting to get cut adrift a bit.’
‘Grabban will pick up an injury in the week. Cattermole will get sent off in the first half and Ruiter will kick a backpass against the Burton forward for 0-1. Full Time. Burton 4-0 Sunderland.’
‘Cattermole has been a fraud this season 5 yards behind play. He’s finished.’
‘It’s a nothing game cos that’s all we’ll get. We’re where we are because we’re utter rubbish. The table doesn’t lie.’
‘A 0-0 will do me.
Anything to get a clean sheet and give our defence/keeper a bit of confidence.
We are that bad I’d try park the bus.’
‘It’s getting to the point now where we need back to back wins just to catch up with the teams just above us.’
‘Big trouble if we don’t get a win from the next 2. We could be cut adrift going into the New Year.
No ifs or buts, we need about 3 wins before New Year or it’s League 1.’
‘Clean sheet would be class along with the win.’
‘A defeat would be devastating, a draw very disappointing, we need the win.’
‘A six pointer, must win game.’
‘Burton v Sunderland is a massive game for us. This is where we’re at as a club, sad times.’
‘It’s definitely a must not lose.’
‘Burton isn’t quite a must win game, but we need to avoid defeat at all costs. That said, if we don’t beat Burton, there will be huge pressure on the Reading game and I’m not convinced the players are strong enough to cope with the pressure.’
‘Burton’s cup final. Will listen with interest with a pint of Bass.’
‘Why’s it Burton’s cup final?’