NEWsevens copy This is the spot where you can find Pete Sixsmith’s (or an asterisked sub’s) seven word summation of the latest game. Sunderland had chances. Villa had chances. In the end it was all rather predictable.

Dec 28 Aston Villa (0) 0 SAFC (0) *Just couldn’t break down 10 man Villa

Jake says you are now entering a goal free zone

Jake says you are now entering a goal free zone

Dec 26 SAFC (1) 1 Hull City (1) 3 A good Christmas spoiled by awful performance.

Dec 21 NUFC (0) 0 SAFC (0) 1 Four in a row brings Christmas cheer

Dec 13 SAFC (1) 1 West Ham United (1) 1 One point better than none. Tight game

Dec 6 Liverpool (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Ho ho ho: a well deserved point

Dec 3 SAFC (1) 1 Manchester City (2) 4 City’s hoodoo ended, aided by poor defending

Nov 29 SAFC (0) 0 Chelsea (0) 0*A performance to make Sunderland supporters proud or Could and maybe should have won it

Nov 22 Leicester City (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Two points lost rather than one gained

Nov 9 SAFC (0) 1 Everton (0) 1 A good point against a good side

Nov 3 Crystal Palace (0) 1 SAFC (1) 3 *Sometimes a win is all that matters

Oct 25 SAFC (0) 0 Arsenal (1) 2 *Farcical errors lead to further foot shooting

Oct 18 Southampton (3) 8 SAFC (0) 0 Total humiliation today. Players should be ashamed

Oct 4 SAFC (2) 3 Stoke City (1) 1 Duck broken but still some hairy moments

Sept 27 SAFC (0) 0 Swansea City (0) 0 Better performance but cannot finish teams off

Sept 23 Capital One Cup 3rd Round: SAFC (1) 1 Stoke City (1) 2 No Wembley date this March. Wasted evening

Sept 20 Burnley 0 (0) SAFC 0 (0) A thoroughly disappointing performance. Early optimism evaporating

Sept 13 SAFC (1) 2 Tottenham Hotspur (1) 2 Not quite sure how we managed that>

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August 30th: QPR (1) 1 SAFC (0) 0 Terrible result, performance was not much better

August 27: Capital One Cup 2nd Round: Birmingham City (0) 0 SAFC (0) 3 Not quite as comfortable as it sounds

Sunday August 24 :SAFC (1) 1 Manchester United (1) 1 Happy with the performance – and Gus’s style

Saturday August 16: West Bromwich Albion (1) 2 SAFC (1) 2
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  1. Drummer December 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    Heart sunk a little when they had Delph sent off ,as the cliche rings true , its harder to score against ten men defending though we find it unusually hard to score against eleven . A decent away point again but I’m still a little dissapointed , miserable git arn’t I !

  2. Jeremy December 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    No you’re not a miserabke git at all Drummer. Pathetic effort when you can’t beat a team that’s poor with 11 and then you have half the game against 10 men. Add to that another wonderful performance from Costel to make sure that we got a point.

    There is no movement whatsoever in this team. I thought we were suffering from a lack of pace but it’s worse than that. Going forward it’s like watching girls play netball. Giaccy came on and provided some of what was lacking but he couldn’t do it all on his own. Very poor again.

  3. KevS December 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    Villa were there for the taking with 11 men, let alone 10. Despite hitting the post, Gomez was abysmal in the 2nd half. Unbelievably sloppy. Buckley came on and attempted to be even worse than Gomez. Rarely have I seen a footballer with less of a football brain than Buckley – gives the impression he hasn’t a clue about the very basics of the game. I like Jones’ attitude and Giachi looked sharp considering he’s been out for a while….two of the few bright spots.

  4. Michael December 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    I think phase 1 of Gus’s is now complete….we are a hard team to beat.Phase 2 , to start to win games should beginin the NewYear …..I hope .Let’s see who we bring in to see whether or not I am right.Pace ,creativity and an eye for goa is required.

    • William C December 29, 2014 at 8:02 am #

      The fact is that any team that defends in depth is hard to beat. You see it time and time again when teams from lower league’s play PL clubs.

      In fact we were hard to beat under O’Neill, and IMO we are no better now.

      The trick is to be both hard to beat, and to pose an attacking threat. I have seen absolutely no evidence that Poyet has a clue as to how to bring that about. His ” system ” depends on 8/9 players defending the last third of the pitch. Given that there is no pace in the side, where are goals going to come from?

      • Michael December 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

        IMO the system we play relies on goals coming form the midfield .So we need a young version of Lampard,Gerard or Toure ….goal scoring box to box midfielders ,which of course are hard to come by. Whilst our three or four central midfielders are hard working they are not prolific goal scorers. I would be interested to see what Giaccharini can do in terms of goals playing in behind Wickham or Fletcher.

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