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Pete Sixsmith today witnessed his ninth relegation. He and Monsieur Salut were both around for the one before that, Sunderland’s first, but just too young to have formed their lifelong allegiance, one that – promotions and an FA Cup win apart – has been a largely unrequited love. Come back for more – Sixer’s immediate verdict appears below but will write more fully and, as most readers know, is eloquent win, lose or draw. As for the game, we created a lot of chances but never really looked like taking them while Bournemouth were more composed throughout …

April 30 Sunderland (0) 0 Bournemouth (0) 1 And down we go. My ninth relegation

April 26 Middlesbrough (1) 1 Sunderland (0) 0 Two awful sides and one awful game

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

April 15 Sunderland (1) 2 West Ham United (1) 2 Deserved the point, Should have been three OR Khazri’s performance makes mockery of Moyes’s judgement

April 9 Sunderland (0) 0 Manchester United (1) 3 Quality from Ibramihimovic and idiocy from Pawson

April 4 Leicester (0) 2 Sunderland (0) 0 **Tried hard but just not good enough

April 1 Watford 1 (0) Sunderland (0) 0 **Never made must win seem can win

March 18 Sunderland (0) 0 Burnley (0) 0 Failure to take chances makes relegation certain … later Failed to take one of four chances

March 5 Sunderland (0) 0 Manchester City (1) Better performance but the same old result

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

Feb 25 Everton (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 0 Everton looked comfortable throughout. We looked doomed

Feb 11 Sunderland 0 (0) Southampton 4 (2) Second best in every facet of game

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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13 Responses to “Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-1 Bournemouth. Dead and buried. That’s official” Subscribe

  1. Drummer April 29, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

    A scandalous dereliction of duty from Short downwards .

    • Daley April 29, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

      Pete six smith. Relegated by a rubbish club ha ha ha.you relegated yourselves cause you been shit all season.

  2. Rob April 29, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    short, Bain, MOYES and players have to hang their heads in shame.

  3. John Mac April 29, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

    Dead and buried – no

    Just relegated.

    Been there before and lived through it. As we will this time

  4. Paul April 29, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

    Experienced every relegation and it’s not the end
    of the club or aspiration. Just to mention that ten years is
    the longest period in the top division I can remember. The near future? A bit of hope, that’s all we ask.

    PS: Moyes’ departure is inevitable, just compare him to Rafa
    a year ago. Not inspiring.

    • John Mac April 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

      just listened to him on radio 5 live. Depressing

  5. salutsunderland April 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    Fair point, John. I meant in terms of our immediate top flight status. Exhumation to come

  6. Alan J April 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    Scrolling through the season’s Sixer’s Sevens above it is obvious that this was inevitable from the start – and started it was by Moyes with his post-Boro comments. He shouldn’t be allowed to delay his decision until the end of the season, risking another summer of uncertainty. Be like the Moody Blues, David – Go Now.

  7. Eric012 April 29, 2017 at 7:43 pm #

    I’m also a fully paid up member of the 9 club. Strangely I feel virtually nothing tonight whereas every previous drop has left me in despair. I’m guessing the knobhead at comment 2 is a member of the dark side. We’ll just have to take it on the chin.

    • Daley April 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

      No mate I’m a Bournemouth fan who’s the knob head now?

      • John Mac April 29, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

        According to your grammar it’s you.

        I was recently reading your club’s history at
        http://www.afcb.co.uk/club/club-history/ and am genuinely pleased for you; club and manager have been a breath of fresh air.
        I wish you well but I don’t think you’ll be in the premiership for the next 8 years. If you can manage it you’ll have equalled the 10 years we’ve just had (I won’t say enjoyed)

        So all you have to do then is win 6 championships and two FA cups, make another four cup finals and be in the top division for a further 70 years.

        Seriously, enjoy the moment. But beware. We’re already after you, and so are 92 other clubs

        • Daley April 29, 2017 at 10:04 pm #

          You been sailing close to the wind for years.lose Defoe ,Pickford let’s see how you get on in the championship

          • Drummer April 30, 2017 at 8:59 am #

            We’ll struggle. Enjoy your brief moment in the spotlight before you plunge back to the obscurity that you’ve crawled from . Forgotten by everyone .

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