Jake: ‘bonus point! The frustrating thing is that half of that fight and effort would probably have beaten Burnley’

Monsieur Salut writes: what a transformation! Here was a performance unrecognisable from the dross seen at Turf Moor. Most of us would have taken a point before the game; against title contenders, we might easily have won had Anthony Taylor, who had curiously patchy curate’s egg of a game (ie good in parts), given us not two but three penalties, the disallowed one no less a stonewall spot kick than the two he awarded. A good game and Pete Sixsmith‘s instant seven-word verdict reveals a happier man than we heard from at Burnley …

Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

Jake: catch Sixer’s instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

January 2 Sunderland (1) 2 Liverpool (1) 2 Unexpected but thoroughly deserved. There is hope

Jake: ‘Jermain, you’re a star’

December 31 Burnley (1) 4 Sunderland (0) 1 Probably the worst Sunderland display this century

December 26 Manchester United (1) 3 Sunderland (0) 1 Disappointing ending after a hard working display

December 17 Sunderland (0) 1 Watford (0) 0 Dug deep for a welcome Christmas present

December 14 Sunderland (0) 0 Chelsea (1) 1 A decent performance but not enough quality

December 10 Swansea City (0) 3 Sunderland (0) 0* Woeful performance resurrects all the old fears

December 3 Sunderland (0) 2 Leicester City (0) 1 * Superb team display; heroes all over pitch

November 26 Liverpool (0) 2 Sunderland (0) 0 * Committed, organised resistance overcome by better side

November 19 Sunderland 3 (1 ) Hull City 0 (0 ) Victor’s the boy. We have some hope

November 5 Bournemouth (1) 1 Sunderland (1) 2 *Anichebe typifies gutsy display that gives hope

October 29 Sunderland (0) 1 Arsenal (1) 4 Spectacular collapse as soon as Giroud appeared

October 26 EFL Cup 4th Round: Southampton (0) 1 Sunderland (0) 0 * More fight but still no real threat

October 22 West Ham United (0) 1 Sunderland (0) 0 A real killer. Deserved a point. Damn

October 15 Stoke City (2) 2 Sunderland (0) Another inadequate performance that offers little hope

October 1 Sunderland (0) 1 West Bromwich Albion (1) 1 Awful lot of cracks to paper over

September 24 Sunderland (1) 2 Crystal Palace (0) 3 Shambolic defending, barely of Wearside League quality

EFL Cup 3rd Round: September 21 QPR (0) 1 Sunderland (0) 2 *Paddy McNair our new Defoe? No but…

September 18: Tottenham Hotspur 1 (0) Sunderland 0 (0) Point lost thanks to traditional defensive howler

September 12 Sunderland 0 (0) Everton 3 (0) Torn apart in an abysmal second half

August 27. Southampton 1 (0) Sunderland 1 (0) Disappointing at the end, as ever here

August 24. EFL Cup 2nd Round: Sunderland 1 (0) Shrewsbury Town 0 (0) Poor game settled by an excellent goal

August 21: Sunderland 1 (0) Middlesbrough 2 (2) Another season of struggle on the cards

August 13: Man City (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 1 Held them well but tired legs told

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4 Responses to “Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool. Maybe deserved to win” Subscribe

  1. Paul January 2, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

    Bloody excellent today. Liverpool were plain lucky
    not to lose

  2. Steve Kinneavy January 2, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

    Smashin’ birthday present. Thanks lads for showing that there is some fight in the team and you can perform at the highest level. Every week would really make a difference! It was the gutsiest team performance I have seen for many a moon. All credit to Manone for some excellent saves, Borini for running all day, Love for holding fast at right back and getting forward, Januscz for some trickery and Rodwell for working hard and making chances. Defoe was cool as a cucumber taking both pens (stonewall handball not given too). Entertainment of the highest order. End to end, exciting, controversial and a better result than most anticipated. 8/10. Thanks John.

  3. Dave January 2, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    I thought a draw was fair. Klopp is right that Defoe wasn’t fouled for the free kick but everyone else is right that we should have had another pen and he has chosen not to mention how often Janusaj was flattened for no free kick.
    I’d like to take the chance to praise some players who get constantly slated (often fairly). I thought Rodwell was excellent today and Donald Love again looked like a decent full back. Mannone had a good game, other than allowing a cross to go through a yard from goal that should have cost us, but I thought man of the match was clearly Ndong. Won the ball constantly and, this time, didn’t give it away. He does so many things right every game but gives it away to often in dangerous places but that didn’t happen today and he had a fantastic game.
    A couple of points, 1 positive and 1 negative:
    1) That was not a team that has lost faith in the manager. They all tried exceptionally hard (credit Borini for a couple of minutes of flying around that lifted the entire ground)
    2) Why is our home support so poor when the away support is the best in the country. I simply cannot believe how many people left early today. How could anyone choose to leave that game?

    • Steve Kinneavy January 2, 2017 at 11:38 pm #

      Dave, I agree that Ndong was a different player in keeping possession. Yes, the crowd were strangely quiet and odd that so many left early, it was too exciting to miss. In the first half all I could hear were the travelling fans. Odd.

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