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Hutch’s Patch: Alvarez run tops the one-word ratings from Manchester City

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Rob Hutchison says: No disgrace, and took the game to Citeh when we had to, but not enough in the tank ultimately. Never going to make or break our season. (more…)

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Hutch’s Patch: the weak and tepid, strong and tigerish at Aston Villa

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

First let M Salut, just back from a few days in France, salute deputy editor Malcolm Dawson and associate editor John McCormick, nobly assisted by Pete Sixsmith and Jake, for manfully keeping the ship of Salut! Sunderland afloat over Christmas. I wish I could now salute a couple of superb post-derby performances lifting us to […]

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Hutch’s Patch: one-word ratings on Sunderland’s heroes at Newcastle

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Many of us know the sensation of being at St James’ Park when we win. Sixer has been at all five victories since 1999 and we can safely assume Rob Hutchison has experienced it, too. Yesterday, however, he was at the Old Red Lion Pub @ORLpub in London and says it “exploded when Johnno put […]

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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

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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

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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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Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland Guess the Score: more misery or modest redemption?

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We went early with the latest of Pete Sixsmith’s chronicles of doom from the Stadium of Light. He’s off to […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground: Bolton Wanderers, Burnden Park and the Macron

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John McCormick writes: Every footballer and fan should be honoured to visit a club like Bolton Wanderers but I’ve never […]

A View from the Avenue: have the miracles run out?

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

Paul Summerside doesn’t mince his words. He calls himself a ‘lapsed SAFC fan’ but is one of 20,000+ longing to […]

Sixer’s Brentford Soapbox: warmth from sunshine, warmth for Liam Miller, otherwise chilly

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Pete Sixsmith will be on his way tomorrow to watch his beloved rugby league. It rarely fails to put a […]

Sixer’s sevens: Brentford exploit our defensive frailty

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1-0 down after 15 minutes, 2-0 after half an hour. Jones booked five minutes later. What a surprise. How much […]

The heart of old Sunderland remembered

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Mike Dennison, well known to subscribers to the Black Cats e-mail loop, alerts us to a fascinating book of Sunderland […]