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Bruce’s Banter: ‘won’t go’

I seriously thought of leaving this blank. But this is Steve Bruce‘s mess so let his post-match email do the explaining … Dear Colin, Too often we’ve been at home and created enough chances but not done enough to go on and win the game. (more…)

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Bruce’s Banter: ‘my Fulham might have beens’

Not sure what Steve Bruce‘s matchday experience was. Mine involved sitting in front of a screen in a Bali hotel watching safc.com’s slow-changing, allegedly minute-by-minute text coverage. The BBC’s was hardly any better; much worse, it seems, would have been finding a bar actually showing the grim truth of a 0-0 draw. Steve? His e-mail […]

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Bruce’s Banter: narrow defeat to Manchester United ‘a shame for Wes’

Steve Bruce still cannot win as a manager against Manchester United. In his post-match e-mail, he praises a good but losing performance … Dear Colin, With the penalty shout the right decision was made. There wasn’t any real clarity on it even after seeing a replay. It was a handball, we could all see that. […]

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Bruce’s Banter: ‘Wickham’s wonder, Seb’s fantastic delivery but not enough’

After each game, Steve Bruce e-mails Salut! Sunderland – and a few thousand others – on his immediate post-match thoughts. This is what he made of the game against Villa, a 2-2 draw that could have gone either way and in which we scored good goals but conceded possession and dominance too easily … Dear […]

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Bruce’s Banter: players responded to ‘fantastic support’

Steve Bruce’s pre-match BBC Newcastle interview ended with him protesting he had been misrepresented in his views on Sunderland supporters. If the smarter move might have been to admit his own words have sometimes been ill-chosen, most of us would accept public relations gaffes if more of the post-match e-mails were talking about wins. Tonight […]

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Bruce’s Banter: Arsenal’s Van Persie ‘magic’, our ‘fight’

He annoyed us by starting without a forward and nearly nicked a point. A Song renamed Cattermole might have been sent off. But it all went to script in the end (as it might have done a lot earlier). Steve Bruce‘s post-match e-mail regrets missed chances, but points to positives … Dear Colin, We had […]

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Bruce’s Banter: West Brom disaster avoidance with ‘fighting spirit’

Image: View from the Press Box Yes it was a great fightback after a calamitous start. But two points were still dropped against a team we should expect to beat, maybe even comfortably, if our ability matches our ambition. The performance was much better in the end, but the results remain those of a candidate […]

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Bruce’s Banter: but was it just possession we surrendered, Steve?

Crisis, what crisis? That was the question after Stoke. But one game on, we’re back to where we were, unable to muster a proper fight against a promoted team and probably fortunate to be beaten only 2-1. It felt like a wretched, wholesale surrender. Against this unattractive backdrop, Steve Bruce had to come up with […]

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Bruce’s Banter: ‘some big individual performances’ to overwhelm Stoke

It has not been a happy time for Steve Bruce. Today, his team showed us at last what they are capable of. Let him milk it for all it’s worth … Dear Colin, It was a terrific performance considering the opposition. I know some would argue and say we have the advantage with Stoke being […]

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Bruce’s Banter: lauding Chelsea, sticking together, seeing it through

Steve Bruce‘s day got off to a bad start with the announcement that he had lost a third top striker, this time Asamoah Gyan, off on loan to the Al-Ain, second city in the Abu Dhabi emirate of the UAE. Then we faced Chelsea. And, to no great surprise, lost, much more soundly beaten than […]

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Branch Lines: Sunderland supporters in the Heart of England

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Malcolm Dawson writes….back in 1997/98 despite living in the Midlands I made 43 Sunderland games over the course of the […]

Sunderland vs Rochdale prize Guess the Score. Keep Henderson quiet, Lads

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Hail the return of Guess the Score in prize format – Monsieur Salut is in a slightly better mood this […]

View from the North West Corner: Sunderland U23s v Norwich City U23s

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SAFC U23s 1 v Norwich City U23s 1 For some reason the Under 23s had elected to play their home […]

Sixer’s Burton Soapbox: a bitter defeat at the home of The Brewers

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I spent the weekend catching up some of my old muckers from the East Midlands, two of whom […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland ailing at Burton Albion

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Pete Sixsmith was looking forward to the weekend, not just because of the prospect of a decent game but also […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes: I wondered how Pete Sixsmith would approach this one, given that it’s less than a year since […]