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Keir’s Ghostly Player Ratings: Sunderland’s men of the match at Southampton

Jake: have your say on Keir's assessments

What would Keir Bradwell, our marks-out-of-10 columnist, make of it? One reader, Bill, said Seb Larsson was the only player whose head failed to drop: ‘I would say he was [our] Man of the Match and give him a 5, so Keir will probably give him -5.’ One newspaper had Santiago Vergini on 1.5/10, Vito […]

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Keir’s player ratings: loving the new two-pronged attack

Jake: have your say on Keir's assessments

Nic Wiseman writes: Keir Bradwell is impressed with the two-pronged attack which saw our two strikers score for the first time this season. I personally feel the midfield is deserving of higher scores, particularly Gomez who delivered the cross for Fletcher’s first goal. These are Keir’s opinions and he’s quite capable of sticking up for […]

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Keir’s Player Ratings: hail Ricky Alvarez, ‘my new star after Swansea game’

Is the club in more dire straits having to find money for nothing?

Monsieur Salut writes: Keir Bradwell got it the neck here when plonking a 10/10 on Jozy Altidore after the low-scoring American produced a 20-goals-a-season strike against Stoke City. I detected irony but Keir, busy preparing for his 14th birthday tomorrow, hasn’t let on. Happy birthday, old man. Your ratings will never please everyone but nor […]

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Keir’s Player ratings: QPR 1 Sunderland 0 (and a bit from Birmingham)

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Keir Bradwell sums up the players’ individual performances in marks out of 10 for the games at Loftus Road and St Andrew’s a few nights earlier… (more…)

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Wembley and Safe: (8) Borini stars in Keir’s ratings for a crazy season

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The Wembley and Safe series has produced some excellent reads but even good things, maybe especially good things, must come to an end. Pete Sixsmith’s series-closer has arrived so, unless any dawdlers who really, really meant to write something do so pretty smartish, they’ll find themselves left on the harbourside, the boat duly missed. Here […]

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Keir’s Player Ratings: end-of-season bumper issue combining WBA and Swansea

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In this, Keir Bradwell‘s final ratings of the season, he combines our final two games into a special end-of-season bumper edition, a la that other fine media outlet, The Beano. We see the survival job done against the Baggies and the team revert to form for our final game … (more…)

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Keir’s Player Ratings: toppling Manchester United in rare hat-trick of wins

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Young Keir can’t contain his excitement with this latest disciplined performance from the red and whites. Another assured away performance against a top seven side is put to Master Bradwell’s purring pen … (more…)

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Keir’s Player Ratings: Cardiff’s Bluebirds put to the sword

Jake hints at the question and provides his answer

Salut’s correspondent between schoolwork, Keir Bradwell, assesses our latest win (not a combination of words we’ve been able to use recently) against relegation rivals, Cardiff…           (more…)

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Keir’s Player Ratings: a four-point harvest from Manchester City and Chelsea

This is what Jake urged ... and he was right, with crucial help towards the end of the season from Giaccherini

Nic Wiseman, fresh from being told on Twitter by Sky’s SAFC-supporting David Jones that It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand – co-created and co-edited by Nic – was ‘the best name for a SAFC fanzine ever’ – tonight made his debut in the Salut! Sunderland editorial set-up, editing and posting Keir Bradwell’s Easter-delayed ratings from […]

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Player Ratings: Keir’s hardy hero digs in at Spurs

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Keir Bradwell doesn’t like games that end 5-1. I imagine that it’s because he thinks we always end up on the wrong end of the 5 but he’s young and he’ll learn. While we’re focusing on the number five, did anyone get that (out of 10) in his ratings? Yes, Adam Johnson, but someone else […]

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

Click on the picture above, guess the score and you may win a prize whoever you support

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 […]