Jake: ‘it’s not always pretty’

At half time Pete Sixsmith sent a text to tell us that the pre-match beer was better than the football. I don’t think the second half was much of an improvement but I won’t definitely know until tomorrow, when I read Pete’s post-match report. However, some late changes by our manager  saw us get vital goals, which gave us vital points, which moved us off the bottom and sparked a celebration, as Pete’s instant seven-word text explains:


Jake: ‘did I hear the score right?’


November 25 Burton Albion 0 (0) Sunderland 2 (0) Two goals, three points, and draught Bass

November 21 Aston Villa 2 (1) Sunderland 1 (0) Encouraging signs but need to be stronger

November 18 Sunderland 2 (1) Millwall 2 (2) An awful game compounded by comical goalkeeping

November 5 Middlesbrough 1 (1) Sunderland 0 (0) Bottom of the league and deservedly so.

October 31 Sunderland 3 (1) Bolton Wanderers 3 (3) Neither the result nor performance good enough

October 28 Sunderland 1 (1) Bristol City 2 (1) Hopeless and clueless. Add embarrassing to that.

October 21 Brentford 3 (1) Sunderland 3 (3) * Two in front yet lucky to survive

October 14 Sunderland (0) 1 Queens Park Rangers (1) 1 The elusive home win seems miles away

September 30 Preston North End (0) 2Sunderland (1) 2 * Seriously entertaining and well worth the point

September 26 Ipswich Town 5 (2) Sunderland (1) 2 Sunderland’s defending plummets to unheard of depths

September 23 Sunderland 1 (0) Cardiff City 2 (1) Undoubtedly the worst Sunderland team I’ve watched

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 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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4 Responses to “Sixer’s Burton Sevens: two reasons why you should never leave early” Subscribe

  1. vince November 25, 2017 at 5:22 pm #

    I know its only Burton Albion but I cannot reacall a bigger or more important 6 point bottom of the league result than this

  2. Drummer November 25, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

    What’s this thing called a ‘ clean sheet’?

  3. Dave November 25, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

    Not for a moment going to claim we have turned a corner but that was huge. Coleman really deserves that though for how positive he has been in everything he has said and done.
    Compare with the woeful Moyes.
    This might well be the biggest club I ever manage versus it
    Wasn’t what I expected. Oddly enough, if you don’t continually tell everyone that players aren’t good enough for you, they sometimes give you a decent performance.

  4. Phil D November 25, 2017 at 11:58 pm #

    “Two goals, three points, and draught Bass.”

    Draught Bass – great but followed by loose bowels?
    I went to a wedding reception in the Burton Bass employee club. Great, cheap beer.

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