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Hutch’s Patch: one-word Sunderland ratings from ‘commanding Pants to ‘expected’ Jozy

Jake: 'but will this work for us?'

Rob Hutchison says: Decent result not to lose but absolutely sterile in the final third. A goalscorer a goalscorer, my kingdom for a goalscorer. Here are his one-word ratings … (more…)

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Hutch’s Patch: 10 out of 10 for SAFC fans at Liverpool

Jake: 'phew! ..But the Lads did well'

Here, in the continued absence of young Keir Bradwell (family commitments), Rob Hutchison again casts a minimalist view over the man-by-man SAFC performances in the spirited draw at Anfield. Monsieur Salut agrees with most, not all … (more…)

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Hutch’s Patch: grim one-word ratings after Manchester City walloping

Rob Hutchison: far away at the time. Still not quite at home

Rob Hutchison is a glass half-full kind of man. But he struggled to find much reason to applaud what he saw from the Sunderland side’s uneven contest with the aristos of Man City. Lee Cattermole got closest to a good rating but even his 6/10 reflects a display way short of what he’d produced against […]

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Hutch’s Patch: how many out of 10 for Cattermole vs Chelsea?

Jake: in the court of King Lee

Rob Hutchison had to watch on a stream but was quick off the mark with his one word player ratings. No quarrels from Monsieur Salut (though 10/10 for Catts would have been tempting), who wrote at ESPN ‘At no stage of this game, with the possible exception of an opening spell of compelling but ultimately […]

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Hutch’s Patch: Sunderland ratings vs Leicester. Guess who got 10/10

Rob Hutchison: far away at the time. Still not quite at home

So a Leicester-supporting pal says his lot were the better side but adds that it’s difficult to tell which of the two will go down. M Salut thought aloud at ESPN – http://www.espnfc.com/club/sunderland/366/blog/post/2158151/black-cats-fail-to-shine-at-leicester – neither side could grumble at the outcome. Here, with young Keir Bradwell absent on family duties, is what the older Rob […]

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Hutch’s Patch: a word apiece to sum up the Lads vs Everton

Jake: 'at least it wasn't 8-0, Rob'

No two people will ever agree on all of the talking points from Sunderland vs Everton. What we can say for certain is: * post-Osman, no lectures are permitted from any Everton manager, player or supporter on penalties wrongly given or denied * if we accept Howard did not handle the ball, there is at […]

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Hutch’s Patch: Fletch and Réveillère star in one-word Sunderland performance assessments

Jake: 'at least it wasn't 8-0, Rob'

Monsieur Salut: writes: Opinions. We’ve all got them. Nic Wiseman and I have been debating at twitter on the Palace goal. Was it a world-class save by Pantilimon undone by the rebound off Wes Brown, as he believes, or two-thirds of a great save which ended with a fumble, as I wrote – on the […]

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Hutch’s Patch: how the other half lives (and, in Bromley’s case, loses)

The long road. By Jake

No real football left Rob Hutchison at a loss over the weekend, until he was lured by the prospect of a carvery for £8 at the Hayes Lane ground of Bromley FC, from the Conference South. He enjoyed the day – as our Pete Sixsmith, who lightens the load of being a Sunderland supporter with […]

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Hutch’s Patch: all for safe standing. Can we also have sane sitting?

salut sunderland jake

Rob Hutchison always stands his round. What he cannot abide is the fellow Sunderland fan who insists on standing his ground and won’t accept that sitting is not just required by ground rules but a basic human courtesy to those behind who are no longer so good on their feet … (more…)

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The first time ever I saw your ground: Burton Albion and the Pirelli Stadium

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John McCormick writes Burton is one of those places you’re not likely to visit by accident if you live in […]

Burton Albion Who are You?: Brewers’ ‘Pieman’ says we can both beat relegation

Jake: 'let's be having you'

    Dave Child* is a fan of the old school. Burton Albion through and through – ‘who are Derby County?’, […]

Burton Albion vs SAFC Guess the Score: what could possibly go wrong?

Jake kicks off a new season of Guess the Score

Just look at the home and away table. Two wins, a draw and six defeats at home, nine goals scored […]

Sixer’s Aston Villa Soapbox: neither a bang nor a whimper

Jake: 'here's the one report you should read, Chris'

Chris Coleman is unlikely to see this at all and, should he accidentally find himself at this page, still less […]

Hutch’s one-word ratings after Aston Villa defeat: who was drab, who was ‘crablike’?

Jake: 'is it to be Coleman delivers?'

Monsieur Salut writes: had I been able to make it – up for me, from London – for Chris Coleman’s […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa 2-1 SAFC. Coleman sees measure of his task

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Pete Sixsmith saw Chris Coleman’s managership start in painfully familiar fashion, yet another bright start undone by yet another piece […]