Sunderland 1-1 Stoke City

A game of two halves, both of them dire. First half Stoke did press well and Jon Walters opened the scoring after nine minutes. With Sunderland down to ten men we attacked…of silly me, it’s Pulis away so we sat back and sure enough in the second half Sunderland equalised. They very nearly grabbed all three points after a late attempt by Danny Rose.

So we have 41pts which should be enough now, although never underestimate the Wigan end of season escape. Surely one season their luck will run out?

It will be an interesting summer that’s for sure with Pulis all but certain to stay on. However, changes in the backroom mean no John Rudge and possible Chief Scout Lyndsey Parsons could be on his way out too. Player wise we have several out of contract and I can only see perhaps Dean Whitehead getting a new contract offer.

It will be bye bye then to Jermaine Pennant, Matthew Lund, Carlo Nash, Big Mama Sidibe, Michael Owen, Matthew Upson plus I am sure Sorenson and/or Begovic will depart too, along with Wilson Palacios if we can get a buyer.

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