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Malcolm Dawson writes….there was a mixture of heart led optimism and head led resignation at our pre match Salut contributors’ congress. The realistic view was that Paolo’s work in progress needed more time to generate positive results against teams like Arsenal but hey we’re Sunderland so we have to hope for the unlikely. In the ground the talking point again was where is Cabral, once again not in the first XI and even more puzzling not on the bench. What we saw was the same mixture of good and bad that we had witnessed against Fulham. Refereeing decisions apart, Paolo sees progress in his post match e-mail to M Salut. We’ll give him time but the club must have a hundred of these “we played well but lost” messages.

Dear Colin,

I am happy – not with the result but with the way we tried to come back into the game. In the second half we dominated for half an hour and deserved to stay on top, but it didn’t happen. I didn’t enjoy the first half too much. We were shy which I don’t like, even against the top sides in the world, but it can happen. That was the first real game for Mavrias and Ki, while it was Fletcher and Altidore’s first time playing together.

In the second half we didn’t look like a side which is a work in progress. We dominated for half an hour and created situations to go 2-1 up, but it didn’t happen and the energy was gone. Against Arsenal you can pay the price and their second goal was fantastic. Keiren [Westwood] was crucial to keep us in the game in the first half.

Jake has that sinking feeling

Jake has that sinking feeling

We lost distance, we were shy and didn’t pressure their players at the right times. They [Arsenal] have great ability individually and keep the ball well. In the second half we created chances for us to stay in the game, complete the comeback and maybe go ahead, but it didn’t happen.

All the best,

Paolo Di Canio



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Born in Hetton le Hole, deputy editor Malcolm Dawson's first game at Roker Park was the three all draw with Leicester City at the beginning of the 64-65 season. Having spent more than thirty years living in the East Midlands, he was Chairman and Information Officer of the Heart of England Branch of the Supporters' Association but has now returned to live in County Durham.

3 Responses to “Le Parole di Paolo – Sunderland 1 Arsenal 3: Paolo stays positive!” Subscribe

  1. scotter September 15, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    Like Bill Shankly I am not a fan of left handed goalkeepers unless they happen to be called Ray Clemence.

    I think we have a real problem with Westwood in terms of his positioning. The first Arsenal goal yesterday he took a step to his left and could not reach the ball fired in to his right, even though the striker’s run and our defenders position made it pretty obvious where the ball would be directed.

    The number of goals conceded at the goalkeeper’s RH post this season is a worry. I noticed Vaughan was at the RH post when we defended some corners so I suppose this is a step in the right (as opposed to the left) direction.

    The pace and passing of Arsenal was the outstanding feature of the game and I am not sure we deserved anything despite a pillock of a referee. However when it all comes together I think we will give someone a right hiding.

    • William C September 18, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      Westwood was named MOTM in several reports I read. I think he is a good ‘keeper playing behind a very dodgy defence.

  2. vince September 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    I don’t like this “can happen” phrase which is creeping in to PDC vocabulary.We know that but its the manager’s job to make sure it doesn’t happen.

    These after game reviews are a bad idea anyway,I should stop reading them …it only aggravates.

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