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Fan Letters: ‘Peterborough will slip up and Sunderland will sneak in second place!’

Hope springs eternal...

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Dear Roker Report,

Alright lads?

We were looking fortunate to get play-offs before LJ came in. Give him time to sort it. I was desperate to go up under SD because he was skint and the club needed the funds. Under KLD we dont need to panic, we can do it right. Either way, with a billionaire owner, we won’t be in this league for much longer and when we eventually make it to the Championship then we will have a stable platform to build.

From cradle to the grave - stay safe!

Evan Lloyd

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Thanks for the email Evan, and you’re spot on. We’ve still got a great chance of getting out of the division this season, and ultimately we all want to be promoted as soon as possible. However, with the behind-the-scenes setup we now have, I am a lot more confident of the longer term – if we need to stay in League One another season, it won’t be the end of the world.

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Fingers crossed, the future’s bright with KLD
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Dear Roker Report,

Hope we twat Accy just to get one over on that tit Andy Holt!

Steve Cassidy

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Haha, well if we need additional motivation there it is. He’s done very well for Accrington, but the way he went on last season over the PPG stuff and the salary cap really wound me up.

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Holt! Who goes there.
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Dear Roker Report,

I thought Leadbitter had a decent game last night.

At least he gives 100%, and always tries to get the team going.

Steve Lynn

Ed’s Note [Martin]: In the right system Leadbitter’s probably our best central midfielder – but he needs to play deep in a central three. He can control the game from there, and we’re not asking him to do too much running. The experimentation with the central midfield has been frustrating at times – the three who played at Hull are in my opinion our best at present (presuming O’Nien’s at centre half) so we just need to stick with them.

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Leadbitter had a good game against Hull – and proved a steady head from the spot
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Dear Roker Report,

Hope everyone is well. Anyone who knows anything about football could see what was happening with McFadzean last night against Hull, and other games previously. The blame lies with the manager – he should have asked Jones to double up on him and help McFadzean out. We all know there’s a weakness down that side so if we are to continue playing him he needs help.

Alec Finn

Ed’s Note [Martin]: Never mind help, Alec, he needs dropped. The amount of goals he’s cost us this season is ridiculous. I just don’t understand why we’re persevering with him. If Hume isn’t fit, play Younger there. Play Brandon Taylor. Play Remi Matthews there! In all seriousness, in hindsight we may have been better off playing Gooch on the left and Jones on the right the other night – Gooch is more adept at that defensive side of things. But really, we shouldn’t have to be doing that. If McFadzean has to play again, we need to play three central defenders to cover him. He’s a liability.

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McFadzean has struggled for the majority of the season
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Dear Roker Report

Last night we were let down by McFazdean. He’s cost us important points through out the season. I hope he doesn’t play for us again.

I’ve been watching Sunderland for 57 seasons many of them so frustrating.

4 games left, 4 wins, I believe Peterborough will slip up and we will sneak in second place.

Here’s hoping

Jack Garrett-Geldart

Ed’s Note [Martin]: I agree Jack - we can’t surely pick him again. If we as supporters feel that, the players must feel likewise.

And yep, I don’t think our automatic hopes are over just yet – I think there’s a twist in the tale... Or maybe that’s just my eternal optimism. Time will tell!

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