Rob Hutchison thought this display was much better than last week’s dismal showing at Stoke but the net result is the same – nul points. After an hour of decent play, a few seconds of switch off in the 94th minute let the Hammers drive another nail in the Sunderland coffin. As Rob says ‘same old, same old’ …

Here are his single word summations of today’s performers.

Rob Hutchison: making one word suffice

Rob Hutchison: making one word suffice

Pickers  6 – unsighted

Kone  7 – better
JOS  7 – organiser
Pva 6 – insufficient
Manquillo 6 – dogged
Rodwell 5 – anonymous
Watmore 5 – incohesive
Khazri 6 – creative
Pienaar 6 – composed
Ndong 5 – passenger
Defoe 5 – subdued

Subs:

Gooch 5 – impactless
McNair 5 – brief
Jones 5 – brief

Jake: 'FFS'

Jake: ‘FFS’

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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.

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