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Keir’s Kalculations: Crosses and Catastrophe

John McCormick writes: Keir Bradwell needed to take a break but now he’s back. And not only is he back, he’s bigger and better. With the help of Opta and the FourFourTwo StatsZone app he’s produced a nice analysis of the game last weekend and has some suggestions to offer (more…)

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Keir’s Sunderland Player Ratings after Newcastle beaten again

We probably need a psychiatrist to decipher Keir Bradwell‘s comment on Connor Wickham. Otherwise his marks go pretty much as you’d expect, with plaudits all round and special mention for an “all right goal”. Newcastle’s star man? Monsieur Salut! is tempted to say Tim Krul for his spontaneous act of sportsmanship, patting Defoe on the […]

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Keir’s Sunderland Player Ratings: he wants Larsson made captain

Jake: have your say on Keir's assessments

We are running a little to stand still here. But in an effort to catch up, here is a quick posting of Keir Bradwell‘s man-by-man SAFC ratings. Rob Hutchison‘s one-worders, and his more measured account of the game, will follow when we can get to them. Who would have been the Spurs man of the […]

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Keir’s Player ratings: Rodwell, Johnson and PVA best of a poor bunch

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Monsieur Salut writes: Keir Bradwell‘s “after Len Shackleton” device for his ratings from Southampton – a blank page – divided opinion. This week normal business is restored. I would not quarrel with most of it, save that Larsson’s industry merited a high mark and Wickham was, in truth, no better served than Fletcher … (more…)

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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 after Stoke setback: super Jozy, calamity Costel

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Apologies to Keir Bradwell, who was very prompt in submitting his man-by-man assessment of Sunderland’s performance against Stoke, who dumped us unceremoniously out of the league cup as if last seasons Wembley run never happened. Gremlins got at the site last night and again this morning. They seem now to have retreated, but only a […]

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Keir’s player ratings: Burnley 0 Sunderland 0. Well, that was a thriller!

Jake: have your say on Keir's assessments

Here are Keir Bradwell‘s man-by-man ratings from the less than impressive afternoon at Turf Moor. Sorry, Burnley fans – Lukas Jutkiewicz may well have been the best player on the pitch but these are Sunderland ratings only … (more…)

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Keir’s player ratings: Catts my star in fortunate SAFC draw against Spurs

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Our youngest columnist by some margin, Keir Bradwell, 14 at the end of this month, quickly follows Pete Sixsmith back into action with the return of his man-by-man SAFC player ratings. You are at liberty to disagree … (more…)

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Sunderland 1 Manchester United 1: player ratings, with Buckley a whisker ahead of Catts

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Keir Bradwell was late but not as late as the editor suspected. Just in time for it to appear before the Birmingham City game, his player-by-player assessment of Sunderland’s home debut landed. Here, then, are one young fan’s marks out of 10. Try to remember, this is a subjective exercise. You are not required to […]

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Keir’s Sunderland Player Ratings: Catts the imperfect star vs WBA

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Our youngest columnist by some margin, Keir Bradwell, quickly follows Pete Sixsmith back into action with the return of his man-by-man SAFC player ratings. You are at liberty to disagree … (more…)

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Monsieur Salut knew, or had a good idea, this was coming, but thought it prudent not to say. Now it […]

SAFC takeover: done and dusted with a £40m price tag and, soon, a new manager

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

Monsieur Salut couldn’t be in Sunderland today but pieces together the bits he has gleaned about the confirmed purchase of […]

That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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  No need for much more to be said than that Stewart Donald is now on the brink of completing […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]