Jake gives Sixer star billing

John McCormick writes: Pete Sixsmith  was not present today. Neither was I,  although I had put this on on my list. And nor did I manage to get to a pub for the start and missed the first 40 minutes and hence our goal, but not the equaliser that came from the recovery after the non-penalty decision.

The second half saw us holding on until the inevitable lat(ish) and offside? goal but I don’t think we were disgraced – just not good enough against a quite good and increasingly desperate team at home – and better than the commentator suggested. And, after all, we drew the pair 2-2 on aggregate and won it on away goals, so it’s a moral victory isn’t it?

Does Pete’s stand-in agree? You’ll have to wait for a full report but here’s Bob Chapman’s immediate seven-word text, forwarded by Pete to give you a hint:

27 April 2018* Fulham 2 (1) Sunderland 1 (1)  Spirited performance thwarted by totally incompetent refereeing

21 April 2018 Sunderland 1 (1) Burton Albion 2 (0) Abysmal even by our utterly wretched standards

14 April Reading 2 (1) Sunderland 2 (0) *Going down fighting but still going down

and this from John Marshall at the Madejski *Good team performance but more poor defending

10 April Sunderland  1 (0)   Norwich City  1 (0) Yet again far too many basic errors

7 April Leeds Utd 1 (0) Sunderland 1 (0) A moral victory but just not enough

2 April 2018 Sunderland 1 (0) Sheffield Wednesday 3 (0) Total inability to defend crosses equals relegation 

30 March 2018 Derby County 1 (1) Sunderland 4 (2)  And we were singing in the rain

17 March 2018 Sunderland 0 (0) Preston North End 0 (2) Worst performance yet in a dismal season

10 March 2018 QPR 1 (0) Sunderland 0 (0) Lack of Steele leads to inevitable defeat 

6 March 2018 Sunderland 0 (0) Aston Villa 3 (2) Brown, Stokoe, Smith, Keane – watch and weep

3 March 2018 Milwall (0) 1 Sunderland (1) 1 * a) Unable to defend a lead, paid price … b) Oviedo superstrike not quite enough for win

24 February 2018 Sunderland 3 (1) Middlesbrough 3 (0) Rousing finale brings hope and a point

20 February 2018 Bolton Wanderers (1) 1 Sunderland (0) 0 No lack of effort; just lacking quality

17 February 2018 Sunderland 0 (0) Brentford 2 (2) Gets worse by the week. Relegation certs.

10 February 2018 Bristol City 3-3 Sunderland The most unlikely point of the season [but see what he was saying earlier]

3 February 2018 Sunderland 0 (0) Ipswich Town 2 (2) Comfortably beaten by an ordinary Ipswich side

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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2 Responses to “Sixer’s Fulham Sevens: A harsh decision costs us (and Cardiff City?)” Subscribe

  1. JohnM April 27, 2018 at 11:01 pm #

    Definite penalty, inconsistent referee. But we were average at best in second half. Youngsters must be agog at their supposedly better seniors (Jones, Wilson)

  2. William C April 28, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    Valiant effort, and it was certainly a penalty, and who knows what effect that would have made on the result?

    Second half was all Fulham. Fitter, stronger and better organised all over the pitch. It was only a matter of time before they went in front, and we never looked like getting back in the game.

    Steele was okay, which was heartening, but many our senior players look to me as if they would struggle in non-league football.

    I’m afraid another clear out is necessary. I hope Coleman is given time [ and resources ] to build a squad capable of making a fist of it in Division One. If not, I hate to say it, but we could struggle next season.

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