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Sunderland 0 Man Utd 1: Martin the (now ex-) manager speaks

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   John Mac writes: A brief interlude before the chief getting back to the computer means I’m putting up Martin’s musings. I’m doing it as time ticks away and I’m hoping for away goals at Southampton and Wigan. Why am I feeling like this? For no other reason than Titus put his knee in the […]

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Martin’s Musings on Liverpool: fair’s fair but let’s hear it for Colback and Gardner

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Martin O’Neill‘s post-match e-mail recognises that Liverpool hardly robbed us but praises a good team effort and some outstanding individual performances … (more…)

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Martin’s Musings on beating Morecambe: ‘some really lovely football’

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A comfortable victory in the Capital One Cup left Martin O’Neill in good spirits as he gathered his thoughts for the post-match e-mail sent exclusively to Salut! Sunderland (and a few thousand others) … (more…)

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Martin’s Musings on keeping to script against Manchester United: time for reflection

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Last game of the season so Martin O’Neill’s last post-match e-mail to Salut! Sunderland (and a few others). As I awaited its arrival, I thought about what I’d like to find in it: relief that the season’s over, unbridled optimism for the next one, a hint of contrition? Would we have settled for 13th top […]

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Martin’s Musings on Fulham defeat: missed chances and costly concentration lapse

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Martin’s Musings on Bolton draw: outmuscled early, a sloppy slog later

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Martin O’Neill knows this was another disappointing display against opposition we should be capable of beating. Change must be very firmly in his mind … (more…)

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Martin’s Musings from Aston Villa: ifs, buts, maybes and a ‘wrong’ decision

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Martin O’Neill hoped for a triumphant return to Villa Park. In his post-match e-mail, he contemplates the sort of match any away team should expect to win. Sunderland withstood Villa’s somewhat frantic assaults on Mignolet’s goal, had ample chances to grab the three points and believed they’d done so when Bendtner hit the back of […]

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Martin’s Musings on a frustrating afternoon versus Wolves: ‘nervous, shackled, lacklustre’

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Martin O’Neill finds the right words in a downbeat post-match e-mail to explain another unacceptable performance from a team that ought to be able to make light work of opposition in the throes of Premier League death … (more…)

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Martin’s Musings from Everton: not good enough at Goodison

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Martin O’Neill is not one to make excuses and in his post match missive this is as close as he has come. But where other men’s explanations come across as whingeing, this manager’s are reflective and realistic leading as they do to the obvious. We were beaten again, by a team who performed much, much […]

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Martin’s Musings on Tottenham Hotspur: making a point, taking a point

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[/caption] With M Salut still suffering IT problems it falls to me pass on MON’s comment’s after yesterday’s hard fought draw. How many of you who could only watch the game on TV, I wonder, shared Alan Hansen’s view, sarcastically expressed, that this was hardly a classic? From my seat in the stand I thought […]

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

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Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]