Archive | February, 2015

Pure Poyetry: Defending the defensive but defending too much against Man Utd

Jake: 'i didn't expect much - and got nothing'

Malcolm Dawson writes….Sixer and I saw SAFC concede twice today and have a man sent off but they not only maintained but in fact strengthened their title challenge. No I haven’t gone mad – we were at Dean Street where Shildon scored two cracking goals after twice going behind against Northern League leaders West Auckland. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester United 2 SAFC 0. Joke dismissal but well beaten

Jake: 'here's one where 0-0 would just about do'

Colin Randall writes: Roger East sending off the wrong man was not the reason we lost this game. It was a penalty and a red card for someone – O’Shea being the real culprit – and the goal, plus the loss of one man, ended our resistance. The first half promised better but after a […]

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Seagulls gather over the good ship Sunderland after collapse at Manchester United

Jake: 'i didn't expect much - and got nothing'

In Rob Hutchison‘s latest set of one-word verdicts, after the 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford, he deviates from custom and practice. Instead of a single word and mark per player, he offers a 13-word sentence (14 if you include FFS), presented as – you guessed – one word per player. Plus the mark, a depressing […]

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Pulis coins the word but we want more ‘Cattermoling’ at Manchester United

Limited when going forward

As Sunderland prepare for what Seb Larsson admits will be a “very tough afternoon” at Old Trafford if players do not rise to the occasion, we must acknowledge Tony Pulis’s contribution to the evolution of the English language. First we should forget the muscular approach to defending that saw, for example, Jermain Defoe flattened twice […]

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Manchester United v SAFC Who are You?: ‘we don’t do romps any more’

Jake: 'here's one where 0-0 would just about do'

As every schoolboy knows, there are trillions of Manchester United supporters around the world and it is a gross calumny to suggest no more than about five per cent of them know where Manchester is. Salut! Sunderland has not been successful in its search for one of them to do Who are You? who has […]

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Sixer Says: Manchester United test Sunderland’s young hopefuls

Jake: 'but will this work for us?'

Maybe Pete Sixsmith cannot get enough of the Stadium of Light after all, Not content with getting on for 200 minutes without a goal vs QPR and WBA, he was back there for the visit of Man Utd. But this was a youth game and not too many others braved the cold … A cold […]

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Manchester United vs Sunderland Guess the Score: theatre of dreams or nightmares?

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This week’s Guess the Score is a rollover and Man Utd fans are welcome to join in. Curiously enough. given how often Sunderland games have ended 0-0 this season, no one opted for that as the outcome against WBA, though a few sensed the probability of defeat. Two mugs – design reflecting the winner’s allegiance […]

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Sixer’s West Brom Soapbox: well at least we didn’t lose

Jake: 'better, but no cigar'

Malcolm Dawson writes….. “you must be pretty confident today” I said to the West Brom father and son combo as we grabbed a burger on our way up Millennium Way. His reply “Not really – this looks like a nil nil,” led to my asking about his thoughts on Pulis and he admitted that although […]

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Pure Poyetry Sunderland 0 West Brom 0: Gus happy with the players’ response

Jake captures the Bard, with thanks to Owen Lennox

Malcolm Dawson writes….Well it was either the Stadium of Light or Ironworks Road, Tow Law for me today. £25 v £2 a probable 0-0 draw or the certainty of goals. No contest in the end and here I am grabbing a quick cuppa just back from the match, about to set off for an evening […]

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Hutch’s Patch: one-word verdicts on Sunderland after failure to break down West Bromwich Albion

Jake: 'better, but no cigar'

Things are going from bad to verse. Rob Hutchison resorts to poetry before awarding his one-word verdicts … Another game, another draw. Why on earth, just can’t we score ? We are so weak in front of goal. We’re almost in a great big hole. (more…)

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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’

Jake says: 'click the Who are You? banner to see the series so far this season'

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 […]

SAFC vs PNE Guess the Score: the Coleman factor and keeping faith

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Monsieur Salut writes: here’s another Guess the Score. Pete Sixsmith may or may not enter but is already fearful of […]