Jake: ‘it won’t always be pretty’

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixmsith wrote – with his customary command of detail, style and humour – on the delights of Goodison. But he wasn’t there to send his traditional seven-word instant verdict. In his absence, the task fell to our associate editor John McCormick (we use asterisks to signal a supersub for Pete). John will doubtless have more to say about our 3-0 defeat, dumping us out of the League Cup. An Everton fan site mentioned beforehand that our team had players totalling more Everton appearances between them than their own. That, it could be argued, is why those players are now with us. As Gary Bennett put it (Barnes & Benno, BBC Radio Newcastle), the plus side for Simon Grayson was probably limited to ‘no injuries’ (there was something else, maybe about a rare goalscoring chance, but it’s now been forgotten). The home side, he said, “won at a canter” …

September 20 League Cup 3rd Round: Everton (1)  3 Sunderland (0) 0 * Never looked like scoring, let alone winning

September 16 Hull City 1 (0) Sunderland 1 (1) Hung on but not a sparkling performance

September 16 Hull City 1 (0) Sunderland 1 (1) Hung on but not a sparkling performance

September 12 Sunderland 0 (0) Nottingham Forest 1 (o) Some improvement but we lack any punch

September 9 Sunderland 1 (0) Sheffield United 2 (1) no tactics, appalling team selection,
total embarrassment

August 26 Barnsley 3 (2) Sunderland 0 (0) Alarm bells clanging after a dreadful performance

August 22 League Cup: Carlisle United (0) 1 Sunderland (1) 2 Classy finish by Gooch masks scrappy performance

August 19 SAFC 0 (0) Leeds United 2 (1) Weaknesses exposed by a solid Leeds team

August 16 Sheffield Wednesday (0) 1 Sunderland (1) 1 Looked tired in second half. Decent point

August 13 Norwich City 1 (0) Sunderland 3 (1) Very well organised and three cracking goals

August 8 League Cup: Bury 0 (0) Sunderland (0) 1 Hardly convincing but a win’s a win

August 4 2017 Sunderland (1) 1 Derby County (1) 1 Encouraging second half. Something to build on

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3 Responses to “Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 3-0 SAFC. A challenge way too far” Subscribe

  1. Rob September 20, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

    We knew we would never win this one. Kind of scared we are not picking up enough points to make us the mid table team I expect.

    • Drummer September 21, 2017 at 3:26 am #

      Correct Rob , our only concern at this stage should be avoiding relegation. It’s all part of the Short/Bain master plan though, so nothing to worry about ….

  2. KenG September 21, 2017 at 7:12 am #

    I once went about 20 consecutive games without seeing us beat Everton, so no real surprise here.Agree with the above that all the focus needs to be on sorting out our league position. Worrying days at SAFC.

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