As this miserable season limps inexorably to its end, Pete Sixsmith (whose seven word verdict usually sums up every Sunderland performance) elected to give the long trip to Reading a miss and so today it falls to a super sub to come up with our immediate succinct post match summary. The first half was a tale of two penalty shouts. The Reading one given and converted and the Sunderland claim dismissed. But thanks to a stunning strike from Paddy McNair the scores were level again with almost all of the second period still to play. Then a goal from the most unlikely of sources as Lee Cattermole knocked one in ….with his head! But a one goal lead is rarely enough for the boys in red and white and so it proved. Despite a frantic finish at both ends it’s back to the bottom for the Black Cats.

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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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Born in Hetton le Hole, deputy editor Malcolm Dawson's first game at Roker Park was the three all draw with Leicester City at the beginning of the 64-65 season. Having spent more than thirty years living in the East Midlands, he was Chairman and Information Officer of the Heart of England Branch of the Supporters' Association but has now returned to live in County Durham.

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