John McCormick writes:  Another clean sheet, another game with more than one goal. Only Charlton’s last minute winner did anything to mar what was a good day all round. Pete Sixsmith texted at half time that to say that this game was a bit scrappy but his post-game seven worder suggests his full match report will be a bit more optimistic:

February 23 Bristol Rovers 0 (0) Sunderland 2 (1) Rather a good day at the office

February 19 Sunderland 4 (2) Gillingham 2 (2) Not entirely convincing but it’s a win

February 15 Sunderland (0) 2 Accrington Stanley (1) 2 two points dropped but grateful for one

February 12 Sunderland (0) Blackpool (1) 1 Two chances missed equals two lost points

February 9 Oxford United (0) 1 Sunderland (1) 1 Scunthorpe all over again. Two points wasted

February 2 2019 Sunderland 1 (0) AFC Wimbledon 0 (0) A welcome win but hard to watch

Checkatrade Trophy quarterfinals: January 22 Sunderland 2 (1) Manchester City Under 21s 0 (0) Clean sheet, two goals and a semifinal

January 19 Scunthorpe United 1 (0) Sunderland 1 (o) Same old story. One goal rarely enough

January 12 Sunderland 1 (1) Luton 1 (0) Failure to build on lead costs us

January 5 Charlton (0) 1 Sunderland (1) 1 * Sunderland weather storm to earn useful point

January 1 Blackpool (0) 0 Sunderland (1) 1 Outstanding performance by Maja earns the points

December 29 Sunderland (1) 1 Shrewsbury Town (1) 1 A very frustrating afternoon. Never got going

December 26 Sunderland (1) Bradford City (0) 0 Hard fought win and thanks to linesman

December 22 Portsmouth (0) 3 Sunderland (0) 1 Better side until Loovens’s idiocy turned game

December 15 Sunderland 2 (1) Bristol Rovers 1 (1) * Just enough quality snuffs out the gas and Gas pressure tests us at the end

December 11 FA Cup 2nd Round replay Sunderland 0 (0) Walsall 1 (0) Pedestrian performance that raises some serious doubts

December 8 Accrington Stanley A (0) Match Abandoned Sunderland (0) Wet, wet, wet and to do again

December 1 Walsall 1 (0) strong>Sunderland 1 (0) *Fifteen minutes of Walsall pressure means replay

Nov 27 Sunderland 4 (3) Barnsley 2 (1) An important win with some shaky moments

Nov 24 Walsall 2 (2) Sunderland 2 (2) Even more heroic than Thermopylae and Agincourt

Nov 17 Sunderland 1 (0) Wycombe Wanderers 1 (0) A fair result after a disappointing performanceI

Nov 13 Morecambe 0 (0) Sunderland 1 (0) Left it late but the run continues

Nov 11 Port Vale 1 (1) Sunderland 2 (2) Negotiated a tricky tie successfully. Southport next?

Nov 3 Plymouth Argyle (0) 0 Sunderland (0) 2* Solid team performance earns another away win*

Oct 27 Sunderland 3 (1) Southend United 0 (0) Three goals and another clean sheet. Great

Oct 23 Doncaster Rovers 0 Sunderland 1 (0) Winning ugly is just fine by me.

Oct 20 Shrewsbury Town 0 (0) Sunderland 2 (0) A comfortable win that just oozed professionalism

Oct 6 Bradford City 1 (0) Sunderland 2 (1) Great win but Power made it difficult

Oct 2 Sunderland 2 (1) Peterborough 2 (0) Good point but spoiled by woeful refereeing

Sept 29 Coventry City (0) 1 Sunderland (0) 1 Fair result that could have been worse

Sept 22 Sunderland 4 (3) Rochdale 1 (0) Fifteen minute purple patch wrapped this up

Sept 15 Burton Albion 2 (2) Sunderland 1 (o) Weaknesses horribly exposed in a deserved defeat

Sept 8 Sunderland 1 (1) Fleetwood Town 1 (1) Huffed and puffed against very difficult opponents

Sept 4 Sunderland 0 (0) [4] Stoke City U21s 0 (0) [2] *Decent workout for young guns and recoverees

Sept 1 Sunderland 1 (0) Oxford United 1 (1 ) Poor first half, dug in well second

Aug 19 Sunderland 3 (3) Scunthorpe United 0 (0) Iron pummeled as three lusty blows delivered

Aug 16 Carabao Cup: Sunderland (0) 0 Sheffield Wednesday (1) 2 Result disappointing but plenty to enthuse about

Aug 11 Luton Town (0) 1 Sunderland (1) 1 Played well in patches against solid opposition

Aug 4 Sunderland (0) 2 Charlton Athletic (1) 1 A great day for club and academy

July 21 St Mirren (0) 0 Sunderland (2) 6 * Cracking results like this will suit fine

July 17 Grimsby Town (0) Sunderland (1) 1 *Gooch’s header from Maguire’s cross settles matters

July 14 Hartlepool United (1) 1 Sunderland (0) 1 Yet to see anything to inspire confidence

July 10 Darlington (1) 1 Sunderland (0) 0 Embarrassing


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  1. Brian February 24, 2019 at 4:00 am #

    Still have an elephant or 2 in the room.
    Goals again courtesy of set pieces.
    The most expensively assembled strikeforce in pub league history again fail to hit target ( from open play ) and worse manage to miss 3 gilt edged opportunities.
    First goal against run of play and second a goal scored by a player far too good for this league..
    A first half straight from the pulis book of hoofball which is at odds with the erroneously held view of what people have been lulled into believing in’ rossball’.
    I realise a win is what matters but papering over of cracks and continued lauding of the false prophet who manages us remains a folly.
    Wyke continues to demonstrate what a waste of a shirt he is. He is barely fit for purpose in the pub league yet ross continues with giving him game time.
    We still dont know what our best cb partnership is and our defence remains susceptible and shaky.
    But hey you lot suit those blinkers

  2. Neil February 24, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    My glass is half full…you seem to have had your glass taken off you by a bigger boy….still at least you have a plentiful supply of bile…..one of our last great natural resources. Brian, i can’t even be bothered to take the piss out of you. This is the last time i respond to you in any form….as the ad says…it’s because you’re not worth it

    • malcolm February 24, 2019 at 9:48 am #

      Brian is a fraud. As I have already pointed out the majority of his comments are verging on the illiterate, though he always managed to spell sycophant and other phonetically difficult words correctly, whilst managing to cock up simple stuff, which led me to believe that he was actually someone who is pretending to be less educated than he is. You’ll notice some others, like today’s, are actually quite well written and even if the views are still negative, contain some reasonable points hidden in there.

      When M Salut contacted the owner of the e-mail address that Brian uses to post his comments, he denied being the author so either a) he does not wish to be associated with those views or b) Brian has hi-jacked someone else’s e-mail address. In either case it calls into question the veracity of his opinions.

      Whilst not agreeing with the bulk of today’s contribution it does actually make sense and contains some logically based criticism – rather than just a procession of insults aimed at individuals and the club in general.

      As for wearing blinkers – they have the advantage of allowing you to see what’s in front of you and allows you a better view than simply walking round with your eyes shut.

    • CSB February 24, 2019 at 11:16 am #

      I have come across ‘Brians’ negative philosophy on other footie web pages so whoever is the poster seems to spend a lot of time and effort in pedaling this rhetoric.

      Like Neil, I don’t bother reading or responding to his comments, hopefully he will go away.

  3. William C February 24, 2019 at 8:47 pm #

    One of the realities that Brian appears not to understand is that there are two teams on the pitch. The opposition also want to win, and NO team is a push over.

    No one thinks we are the best team in the division, and of course a team so hastily assembled has some weaknesses.

    However, we have only lost two league games all season. We are in a position where automatic promotion is a possibility, and the play offs look probable.

    Given the above, Jack Ross must be doing SOMETHING right?

  4. I'm Brian and so is my wife February 25, 2019 at 4:23 am #

    We still have a Hippo and giraffe in the hallway. Ross has just been lucky in managing to sign the correct players and then blend them in to a functionin fooball team.

    Our new owners have just been increaduibly lucky to land a Club like Sunderland as these types of opportunity don’t come around every day or year.

    And I just don’t believe how lucky the owners, manager and players are and how totally unlucky every other team in the Division is, referees included, lines men and the fourth official.

    Completely unjustified, unsubstantiated rant over……for now!!!

    • I'm Brian and so is my wife February 25, 2019 at 4:27 am #

      And another thing, despite what the score or standard of play I will be back next week spitting more bile and vitriol for anyone daft enough to read it.

  5. wrinkly pete February 25, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

    “But hey you lot suit those blinkers”….. And thus Brian reveals himself to be not one of “us”. Hence I will follow Neil in ignoring his comments.

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