Jake: ‘it’s not always pretty’

John McCormick writes: with about ten minutes to go I was just about to write a headline in when Pete Sixsmith sent a seven-word text. Did it make me change what I was going to put? Not at all.

You can read what Pete wrote below and I bet you agree with both him and myself.

1 January 2018 Sunderland 0 (0) Barnsley 1 (0) Brand new year but same old rubbish

December 30 Nottingham Forest 0 (0) Sunderland (1) 1 Huge win which shows the players care

December 26 Sheffield United 3 (1) Sunderland 0 (0) Comprehensively beaten by a far superior side

December 23 Sunderland 1 (1) Birmingham City 1 (1) * Ten-man Brum hang on for a draw

December 16 Sunderland 1 (0) Fulham 0 (0) * Home win hoodoo over as Maja strikes

December 9 Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) 0 Sunderland (0) 0 *Tremendous defending earns a point at leaders

December 2 Sunderland 1 (0) Reading 3 (0) * Another day when basic errors prove costly

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) 2 Sunderland (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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3 Responses to “Sixer’s sevens. Sunderland 0 Barnsley 1. Get your wallet out, Ellis” Subscribe

  1. Dave January 1, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

    Awful. Number of players I would be happy to never see again
    Mcgeady never seen anyone dither as much in possesion and just keeps losing the ball
    Vaughan – can’t fault his effort but he has no quality at all.
    Honeyman – sadly just not good enough. Constantly lost the ball including for the goal.

    Also, if anyone thought Maja was the answer then that was shown up today. Needs months and months of coaching from someone like Kevin Phillips because he just doesn’t anticipate anything.

  2. malcolm January 1, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

    I think it’s a sign of just how desperate things are that for a while now supporters have been pinning their hopes on young lads who can produce at U21 level and expect them to step up like Wayne Rooney. Even Harry Kane was allowed to develop on loan before he started doing the business for Spurs. We had it with Wickham, Watmore and now Maja.

    Can’t see Short putting much more into the club so if we don’t offload Kone, Rodwell, Ndong and the other high earners who are permanently “injured” I can’t see Coleman having much to play with.

    How long before he becomes the next manager who the fans turn against?

  3. vince January 1, 2018 at 7:10 pm #

    Just awful ,could have be 3-0.
    We make poor teams look like Chelsea ,giving them far too much room to pass comfortably,we sit deep and invite teams on .It was the same against Birmingham too.
    Poor teams can’t believe how much room we give them to play.
    Coleman needs to get us at teams and close them down much quicker.

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