Date: 17th December 2010 at 2:15pm
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No, I’m not Dr Doolittle. Gaz Johnson, of Vital Sunderland, tells it as he sees it.

Q. A good start to the season for you under Bruce. Are you doing as well as you expected?

A. Yes, we are doing tremendous if I am honest. After the horrible Halloween showing against N*wcas** it seemed like we had went back to our old ways but we have kicked on from that result. We are still unbeaten at home and have the second best defence in England so we seemed to have learnt a lot from our problems last season. We need to improve our away form but we are much harder to beat and things are looking good under Bruce!

Q. Have Sunderland made any signings that have impressed in the opening few months or is it much the same squad as last season?

A. We signed Mignolet, who has kept seven clean sheets so far in his debut season in English footy, and he has been a revelation. Titus Bramble has also been phenomenal but sadly injured his knee so we have had to adapt to a few changes without him alongside Turner or Mensah. The signing of the season so far seems to have been Danny Welbeck who we will struggle to keep hold of when he goes back to Man Utd at the end of the season. With him and Gyan relieving the pressure off Bent we look a great attacking team and long may it continue (well until he leaves that is!)

Q. As you know, Kevin Davies was selected for the England team, partly as Darren Bent was out injured. Do you believe the two of them could work as an international front line?

A. I think that would be a great partnership for England as Bent is always in the right places at the right time, as you know from last season. Davies is a typical English centre forward and I am sure they would compliment each other superbly. However, as soon as Bent leaves Sunderland to train with Cappello he finds any injury going at that particular time!

Q. If you could have one Bolton player in the Sunderland team, who would it be?

A. Gary Cahill. He is one of my favourite Bolton players and seems to be the main reason you are doing as well as us this season. If you can keep him at the club you will progress even more so.

Q. How do you see the Premier League going this season? I think that there is a shift, Man United are definitely not the force they were, Liverpool have gone and City look like they are set for the challenge. I’m thinking it will still be United, Chelsea and Arsenal, with City taking over from Spurs. What do you think?

A. It has been a mad season so far and one that seems to be benefiting both clubs and allows the fans to dream of European football if the results continue to be as strange as they have been. I think Man Utd will win the league but the rest is completely random as any team can beat anyone. The fact we beat Chelsea away just goes to prove this!!!

Q. Down at the bottom I think that Wigan will be found out this season, and not just because they are our local rivals. Wolves look a poor side and West Ham already look shot. How do you see it?

A. The three W’s are my favourites to go down although I am sure big Alan Pardew and Sir Mike Ashley could also make me smile come May 2011.

Q. Prediction time, I think we will continue our good run of late but that it will be a tight game and that a draw will be the outcome. I’m going for 2-2. How about yourself?

A. Well the last time we played you at home it was a do or die encounter. The pressure is off this time and we should get to see a class game of football between two attacing teams who play a very similar style of footy.

I am going with a 2-1 Sunderland win to send us 5th in the table! Jesus, that sounds good! Ha’way the lads!!


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