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Gary Rowell: Goodison fortress particularly tough for Sunderland in weekend Everton clash

Sunderland's Phil Bardsley sits dejected after the final whistle of the FA Cup Sixth Round Replay at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 27, 2012.

Sunderland's Phil Bardsley sits dejected after the final whistle of the FA Cup Sixth Round Replay at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 27, 2012.

IF you asked Sunderland fans to name the places they’d least like to go to when they needed a good result, I can guarantee you Goodison Park would be right near the top of the list.

Sunderland’s bogey team of the modern era par excellence!

So guess who is next up for us? Everton at Goodison Park.

The one saving grace we used to have was that Everton always started the season abysmally before getting up an irresistible head of steam.

Get them early in the season like we have now, and you might be lucky to get them still searching for their best form.

Well, we’ve got them pretty early in the season and where are they this time around? In a Champions League spot!

That’s going to make Saturday’s game as tough as they come for Sunderland,

Make no mistake, Everton will be as aware of our recent horrendous record against them as we are, and they’ll be looking to make the most of it.

They’ll see this as three points to reinforce their Champions League position and they’ll be looking forward to this fixture with no fear. In fact they’ll be bursting with confidence and eager to get the game on.

Even when Sunderland have got a decent result there – like the draw in the FA Cup last season – they messed up on the replay, which only went to confirm Everton’s status as the side with the Indian sign over us.

I’ll be at Goodison hoping Sunderland’s capacity to shoot themselves in the foot is only matched by their ability to surprise.

At least I’ll be in good company, because this is always a game where the away support is outstanding.

I made one of the highlights of last season the magnificent support 6,000 Sunderland fans gave in that FA Cup game. And although the support will be less in this fixture because of the ticket allocation, I know it will be no less fervent.

I only hope Sunderland can finally give their fans something to cheer.

 

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