Jake: ‘it’s not always pretty’

Pete Sixsmith wasn’t there tonight, having chosen to watch Durham City play Ryhope CW and leave the Sunderland game to Bob Chapman, but he did forward Bob’s half time message, which was to the effect that we had hardly been in the game and Birmingham deserved their lead.

There was a second message at full time. We’ve come to expect  seven words; unfortunately, we’ve also come to expect what they say:

30 January 2018 Birmingham City 3 (2) Sunderland 1 (0) *worked hard but just not good enough

20 Januaury 2018 Sunderland 1 (1) Hull City 0 (0) Young players give us hope. O’Shea magnificent

13 January 2018 Cardiff City 4 (0) Sunderland 0 (0) *Nothing positive in yet another shocking performance

6 January 2018 Middlesbrough 2 (2) Sunderland 0 (0) Our many weaknesses exposed  far too easily

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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4 Responses to “Sixer’s Sunderland sevens or Bob’s Birmingham bulletin, it’s the same old story” Subscribe

  1. John Mac January 30, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

    Pete added a couple of sevens of his own when passing on Bob’s messages:

    At half time:
    As always, Sunderland let you down badly

    At full time
    Sunderland – guaranteed to mess things up spectacularly

  2. CSB January 31, 2018 at 5:48 am #

    Five things we’ve learnt in the last 24 hours!

    1. Short – he has definitely disappeared over the hills and far away……that’s all there is going to be from him….no more money, interest or acumen.

    2. Cash strapped – right now CC must be thinking what has he got himself into.

    3. Bain – disastrous transfer window…..no cash, can’t off-load the dead wood which is the equivalent of an Alpine forest, players on ridiculous contracts

    4. Sins of the Father…….yep our past digressions’ are coming home to roost and its an ill wind that blows up yer kilt etc…mixed metaphors aside miss-management on a massive scale will undoubtedly sink us this time.

    5. Same on the pitch weaknesses that we will not cure this transfer window (see above)…not a good outlook.

  3. Eric012 January 31, 2018 at 3:35 pm #

    I have no faith or hope any longer. For the first time ever I will be journeying to Sunderland shortly and not attending the match. A walk along the beach at Seaburn or (god forbid) a wander through the Bridges will be preferable.

  4. Eric012 January 31, 2018 at 7:33 pm #

    Keeping an eye on Jim on SSNews. Even players I’ve never heard of (Oliver McBurnie anyone?) don’t want to sign for us.

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