JURY: Tony Potts looks ahead to the final game of the season against West Ham

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So the curtain comes down on a mixed bag of a season. Several typical cliches will be rolled out about what might have been.

There is still a chance we could finish in the top half but, irrespective of that, we are only a handful of points short of what would have been an excellent league season overall. The close season will arguably be the most important for years.

As far as this final game is concerned, we are effectively the third party to a wake between West Ham’s players and their fans. I have no idea what to expect.

It could be gallows humour from the home crowd, there could be recriminations and a critical atmosphere or they could go out in a blaze of glory.

I am glad, in a way, that their relegation was confirmed last week. I don’t think it would have been pleasant to be there if it had depended on the final game.

Now, in a strange way, they may be able to perfom better, especially now that Avram Grant has gone.

I hope our fans don’t goad their lot because they are not the most friendly bunch of fans.

I just want Sunderland to perform creditably and give us something to enjoy on the long journey home.

The news that Ferdinand and Gyan may be fit to be involved is welcome. Hopefully Colback can continue his impressive perfomances and we can avoid defeat.

Prediction: West Ham 1 Sunderland 0

To read the rest of the Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.