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John McCormick writes:  What do you make of that?

Was it our new signings? Was it their poor full-back? I did expect the worst, just because we’re Sunderland and these things happen, but it didn’t. Some great defence led to our first clean sheet away and two excellent goals, then some great footwork from Defoe left them for dead.

I thought this left Pete Sixsmith asking a question in seven words, no more, no less, and that’s what I wrote when this post went live. It turns out it was his pal Bob Chapman who put the seven words to all our feelings, as Pete commented below.

In truth, Pete or Bob, who cares as long as we can ask:


Feb 4 Crystal Palace 0 (0) Sunderland 4 (4)* Big Sam, Big Sam, what’s the score?

Jan 31 Sunderland 0 (0) Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0) Disciplined and well organised. A deserved point

Jan 21 West Bromwich Albion (2) 2 Sunderland (0) 0 * Wretched. Wretched. Wretched. Wretched. But bravo Honeyman or Sunderland torn to shreds at the Hawthorns 

Jan 17 FA Cup 3rd Round Replay: Burnley (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 0  Now we can fully concentrate on relegation.

And a second – This team will struggle in the Championship

January 14 Sunderland (1) 1 Stoke City (3) 3 Any hopes of avoiding relegation extinguished here – that was at 3.37pm. Later: Marginally better in second half. Still awful and finally, despairingly, The bitter end has arrived. Utterly woeful

January 7 FA Cup 3rd Round: Sunderland (0) 0 Burnley (0) 0 * Poor. No revenge for that 4-1 drubbing

And Sixer’s verdict post Dean Street: Sounds a shocker. Replay to be avoided

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

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

Pete Sixsmith

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4 Responses to “Sixer’s Palace Sevens: Crystal shattered.” Subscribe

  1. Drummer February 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    Big Sam and PVA silenced , Rodwell Jinx broken , clean sheet , Defoe fantastic , team fantastic , new signings fitting right in and other people scoring apart from Defoe . Unbelievable Jeff !

  2. William C February 4, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    I think the display against Spurs was very important. They are in magnificent form at the moment, but from all accounts, we played very well.
    Today’s result can only increase confidence. Is this the start of another great escape?
    Unfortunately, Hull and Swansea seem to have found some form too, but Palace and Bournmouth are looking vulnerable.
    It promises to be a nail biting end of season!

    • Drummer February 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

      We were solid and commited at Spurs and very good value for a point . All we can do us concentrate on ourselves and if we make it to a point a game , 38 points that may be enough . Certainly not out of the question .

  3. Pete Sixsmith February 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    Bob Chapman’s 7 not mine. Top words Bob.

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