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Arsenal v Sunderland ‘Guess the Score’: dare to believe

Watching snatches of Norwich v Arsenal on Sunday, I formed the clear impression that Duncan Watmore – and Steven Fletcher and/or Jermain Defoe – could cause a few scares for the Gunners’ rather dodgy defence. Not Bayern-style problems but enough to make the visit to the Emirates this Saturday less of a worry than it […]

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A romp through the history of Sunderland kits. And a prize competition

What are the best and worst SAFC shirts you can remember? Below, our occasional contributor John Penman takes you on a colourful tour of his own history of owning them whether good, bad or plain ugly. BUT FIRST A COMPETITION – WHICH EXPLAINS WHY COMMENTS ARE DISABLED FOR THIS POST: Salut! Sunderland and Classic Football […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: more positive, fewer negatives after Sunderland sink Stoke

John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith is about to go out, may even have already gone out, to do his Christmas duty on the Polar Express. When he gets back, he’ll no doubt sit down with his rosy cheeks, slippers, pipe and his ho, ho, ho to see what comments our readers have left on his report. Will they agree […]

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SA’s essay: Sam’s Happy, we’re happy. Out of the bottom three

John McCormick writes: Ed posted on facebook that he was dressed for winter before he headed off for his normal berth in the North Stand. Why shouldn’t he feel the cold, given that there has been a chill wind blowing for so long that I can feel it as far south as Liverpool. But after […]

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Hutch’s Patch: Watmore floors Stoke, nearly tops the lot in one-word verdicts

Rob Hutchison is quick off the mark with his one-word verdicts and marks out of 10 after the 2-0 win over Stoke City. Duncan Watmore’s his playing star but Big Sam collects an extra point for his tactical nous (Monsieur Salut agreed with Gary Bennett’s verdict: PVA was the man of the match). Hutch says (referring […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 2 Stoke City 0. Thrilling PVA and Watmore clinchers

Monsieur Salut writes: we’ve been as critical as any others of Patrick van Aanholt this season. So let’s hear it for him after his second fine game in six days was capped by a matchwinning performance. His superb strike put us ahead and then, to Pete Sixmsith‘s delight, Duncan Watmore’s enthusiasm and appetite was rewarded […]

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Sixer Says: Liverpool overcome Under21s despite Danny Graham goals in stirring fightback

From a late cameo role to help preserve the lead at Crystal Palace, Danny Graham – in his 31st year […]

SAFC v Stoke Who Are You: ‘Sir Stan, Walters, Whelan, Bardo. Oops’

It’s been a while since we heard from Richard Hulme*, on his own account a veteran of more than half […]

Sunderland v Stoke City Guess the Score rollover: win while we’re singing

Bravo to Sam and the Lads for a very committed display at Palace, with more decent football than the “ugly […]

Hutch’s Patch: one word ratings after the Palace coup

Rob Hutchison is to the point. Or, after Monday, to three points if you prefer. In his one word summary you’ll find […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: the view from the couch on winning at Crystal Palace

Monsieur Salut writes: poor Pete Sixsmith. He ruled out a Monday night at London’s least accessible ground a while ago. […]

SA’s Essay: JD’s smash and grab raid breaks Crystal Palace

Jake: Pardwho?

Malcolm Dawson writes….Big Sam has set out his stall. It looks like we can expect a defensive mindset for the […]