Archive | April, 2013

Nearly as bad as Newcastle but was Villa nightmare a wretched one-off?

Another Tony Roffe/Jake collaboration: but do you need to be born in its shadow to support SAFC?

If anyone detected a nervous tone in my report on how the French sports newspaper L’Equipe covered Newcastle’s hiding by Liverpool, they were right. I claim no great powers of foresight but while, as ever, hoping for a win and convincing myself Sunderland were capable of playing well, I had the nagging fear of a […]

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Paolo’s Pow-Wow from Aston Villa: Unacceptable!

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No excuses from PDC in his personal e-mail to M Salut. Now it’s time to reflect, put right what went wrong and gee the team up for Stoke next week. I’ve a feeling that there will be some extra hours at the training ground this week but the manager insists that there are good things […]

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Sixers Sevens: Aston Villa 6 SAFC 1: Paulo’s boys punished by resurgent Villa

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…The mood going into this game was positive and after the last two victories there was justified cause for optimism. This was to be our Champions League Final, the three points ensuring another year of Premiership football. As Sunderland fans we should know better than to get over excited and tonight showed why. This is […]

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Crosstalk: hanging on every PDC word, assuring Aston Villa it’s Wigan for drop

Some of those who listened to the latest Salut! Sunderland podcast will recognise Matt Turvey, from the Aston Villa Life site, as the Villan roped in to join the chat ahead of tonight’s important game. This is the conversation that followed when Matt turned the tables and interviewed our own Stephen Goldsmith, the man (with […]

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French Fancies: how L’Equipe saw Liverpool’s demolition of Newcastle

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Salut! Sunderland is, of course, a gloat-free zone. We recognise that no mature Newcastle United supporter ever mocked Sunderland after the 7-1 defeat at Everton, 7-2 at Chelsea or indeed 5-1 at St James’ Park. So, not least in the knowledge that bad results lie ahead for us as well as them given the nature […]

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Salut Sunderland’s Relegation Ready Reckoner

On a Friday, while the boss watches “Gardner’s world”, I usually plug into the Salut podcast and browse the SAFC world in general. But recently I’ve been keeping my spreadsheet skills up to date by practising inserting formulas so I thought I’d share this with you. It turned out to be a bit fiddly as […]

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Aston Villa v Sunderland Who are You?: ‘two Martin O’Neills, two Bents’

This is without doubt a big one for both clubs. Villa seriously need a win, we can pretty much secure survival and aim for a storming finish if only the right Sunderland can turn up. We’re fortunate to have a thoroughly level-headed Villa Park view from Kevin Hughes*, Monsieur Salut’s fellow-contributor at ESPN, with fascinating […]

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Salut! Podcast: We talk a little Everton & Sunderland at Aston Villa. Easy, right?

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 Well aren’t we a happy bunch? Two wins against the two sides we normally fail to beat has given everyone a huge lift…. Is perhaps the understatement of the year! In all seriousness, it can be easy to forget that we’re involved in a relegation battle, writes Stephen Goldsmith. But let’s just put the Cherry […]

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How dare we? Suarez, Rodgers and the surreal Planet Liverpool

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Another bit of impudent posturing in our occasional series of daring to intrude on the private grief of others … No Liverpool supporter or official has yet, so far as I am aware, suggested that Luis Suarez’s strange habits with his teeth confirm not a weakness for all manner of foul play, or an interest […]

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Charlie Hurley in lights as you guess the Aston Villa-SAFC score

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Just before we get on to the business of inviting score predictions for the monumental game at Villa Park on Monday, there’s a spot of housekeeping to announce. (more…)

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

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Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]