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Fan Letters: Did Sunderland get what they deserved against Peterborough?

In another mixed mailbag, Robert thinks SAFC got a well deserved point on Easter Monday, but Richard now thinks we’ll ending up in the playoffs, plus Jerry has streaming pass regrets. Got something to say? Email us: rokerreport@yahoo.co.uk!

Lee Johnson and Jamie McAllister are taking it one game at a time
| Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

I’m a season card holder and intend renewing it for the coming season. At the start of this season, I foolishly took advantage of the convenience of using the previously supplied season card holder viewing code that enabled me to stream all of the home games without the bother of buying each game separately.

Buying the 23 home games individually would have cost me £230 (23 x £10) and my season ticket cost me £400. Having used my season card streaming code, I now understand that I’m not entitled to any refund or credit on the difference between my season 2020 – 2021 season card and the cost of streaming games individually.

It appears that the decision to take advantage of the club’s streaming code has cost me £170. To say that I’m feeling a bit irritated by this is an understatement. So much for loyalty!

Any chance of anyone making representations to the club on behalf of myself and other supporters who find themselves in the same position?

Jerry Pearson

Ed’s Note [Rich]: Thanks for your letter, Jerry. This is a situation that was discussed a lot at before the start of the season, many season card holders have found the same thing as you, including Gav who wrote about it at the time. Whether or not the club will look again at refunds for the difference between the cost of the season pass and the individual game price, is an issue that I can put to Red & White Army for the agenda at the next meeting with the club. Also, the ever helpful Chris Waters, the Supporter Liaison Officer is on Twitter and you can contact the club directly through their website too.


Dear Roker Report,

Well, a point each, from the game we must not lose and thanks to Geads got back what we deserved from the first half performance. I was pleased to see Rosco and Charlie up front together and would like that to continue.

Not enough crosses into the box yesterday for the boys to attack and felt the defending was a bit suspect down the left, pleased to see Denver come back and he could make a big difference with crosses into the box for the centre forwards to attack, and when Bailey returns putting O’Nien back into midfield with Winchester late runs to get onto knock downs could bring rewards.

Robert Walker

Ed’s Note [Rich]: Cheers for writing in Robert. We’ll certainly have lots of options to chose from in midfield when the injuries in defence are cleared up. I too would love to see O’Nien in the centre of the park during this run in and I agree he’d combine well with Winchester. It’s been good to see that Lee Johnson isn’t shy when it comes to playing horses-for-courses, and we’ll need the full squad fit and firing if we’re to keep this run going.

Sunderland AFC Training Session
Denver Hume could be in contention for the weekend.
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

I’ll preface this by admitting that I’m a pessimist by nature, but I’m surprised by some of the framing/coverage of yesterday’s performance. A fair few fans seem to think it’s still full steam ahead towards automatic promotion, whereas I felt the Peterborough match illustrated why we won’t be finishing in the top two.

Despite enjoying decent possession in the first half, we didn’t put Peterborough under any sort of sustained pressure and failed to create anything meaningful from open play. They should have won the match and it took (if we’re being honest with ourselves) a poor goalkeeping error to snatch a point. A 1-1 draw away to one of the best teams in the league is not a poor result in isolation but our failure to lay a glove on a decent defence augurs poorly for the Hull game and our forthcoming double header with Blackpool.

With much kinder run ins for Hull and Peterborough, I fear it’s the playoffs and, well, you know the rest.

Richard Stainbank

Ed’s Note [Rich]: Thanks for getting in touch, Richard. For me, a draw away at the side two points above us, when we've still got a game in hand on them, is a good result. I agree that our performance levels have seemed to drop in recent games, but on Monday the lads faced good quality opposition on a terrible pitch, on a windy day, and came away with a well earned draw. The match stats show that it was a pretty even affair, maybe they edged us on chances but we dominated for long periods. The bookies won’t be paying out yet, and Sunderland know all about self-destructing at the last minute - but I can’t quite help but be excited about what Lee Johnson can achieve with this team in the games we have left to play.

Sunderland AFC Training Session Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images
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