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Martin’s Musings on SAFC v Norwich: O’Neill frustrated so how must Hughton feel?

Malcolm Dawson writes….. with the club urging supporters to renew their season cards before April 4th, the team is doing little to persuade us that will be a wise move – unless of course you see the extra games that Championship football brings as added value – because make no mistake there was little on [...]

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Martin’s Musings on QPR 3 Sunderland 1: change the record Martin

Malcolm Dawson (who gets a copy of M Salut’s personal e-mail) writes… Another away sell out (and home sell out to be fair) and another disappointing day out for the travelling contingent. The manager continues to find a positive spin, but the faithful are getting fed up with the same old excuses. “The opposition were [...]

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Martin’s Musings on Fulham draw: ‘our own worst enemy’

Martin O’Neill has less reason that he thinks to complain about the penalty that was given to Fulham. If a defender’s leg goes where Gardner’s did, the modern professional footballer will happily fall into it. But he’s right, in his post-match e-mail, to applaud a decent fightback from such an unnecessary two-goal deficit which, with [...]

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Martin’s Musings on WBA 2 SAFC 1: ‘we should have done better’

Monsieur Salut was driving home through the Burgundy snow but manager Martin O’Neill was still able to send him his immediate post match personal e-mail. A tale of two penalties, bizarre bounces and missed opportunities.

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Martin’s Musings: formidable Arsenal frustrate Sunderland’s fantastic effort

Monsieur Salut was sitting in Pete Sixsmith’s seat today as our regular correspondent had travelled south to see his home town team try to get to the last eight of the FA Vase. But M Salut has one of these fancy internet phones and so was still on hand to receive the manager’s post match [...]

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Martin’s Musings on Reading defeat: another bumpy landing the boss cannot fathom

Monsieur Salut suffered the annoyance familiar to most football fans, stuck 39,000 feet high while the Lads were in action. Turning the phone back on at Heathrow, two and a half hours after the final whistle at Reading, I found my eyes drawn first of all to Martin O’Neill‘s post-match e-mail, the headline – ‘we’ve [...]

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Martin’s Musings on SAFC v Swansea: The onus is on us – must do better

In his post-match e-mail from the home game versus Swansea City, Martin O’Neill tells it likes it is (or was on the night). He’s right about one thing, where the onus lies, so why were we defending like the clappers in injury time? Dear Colin, I was disappointed with the performance. We’ve got a point on [...]

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Martin’s Musings from Wigan: praise for fans’ cure of Bolton hangover

In his post-match e-mail from Wigan Athletic, Martin O’Neill once again praises the red and white faithful who risked becoming snowbound on the journey over the Pennines to provide the players with the vocal encouragement to help them deal with an early setback. Things got a little more hairy as the final whistle approached but [...]

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Martin’s Musings on Bolton debacle: meek and mild

Martin O’Neill could have put it an awful lot more strongly. Instead, in his post-match e-mail to Monsieur Salut, he chooses a mild form of rebuke for his players after an embarrassing capitulation to Bolton Wanderers – whose fans, mocked for their no-show at the Reebok, can also chortle at the size of the Stadium [...]

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Martin’s West Ham Musings: magnificent effort beats the Hammers

It was freezing today at the Stadium of Light but the boys put in a performance to warm the cockles. Having said that, it was no walk over but from the moment we took the lead it was always comfortable. The squad is now showing what it is capable of and Martin O’Neill can enjoy [...]

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Football Blogging Awards: make your Yes vote count for Salut! Sunderland

It is time to vote in the annual Football Blogging Awards. There are some big guns in the field and [...]

Crystal Palace vs Sunderland ‘Guess the Score’: redemption time?

The rollover Guess the Score competition for Sunderland vs Arsenal was won by our resident harbinger of doom, Bill Cowell. [...]

Cabral: curious case of CL player begging to ‘train with the kids’

Cabral’s acquisition was one even Paolo Di Canio was thrilled by. A player of Champions League pedigree, he played well [...]

McCormick’s Craic: no Bright Phoenix as Arsenal take the points

Last Wednesday I went to the Everyman theatre to see Bright Phoenix, a play about a group of misfit kids [...]

Sunderland’s Lasses soak up the glory

Never let anyone tell you women’s football lacks the passion of the men’s game. Just take a look at the [...]

Another view of SAFC vs Arsenal: a defence of Buckley

Monsieur Salut says: it is said few people witnessing the same event, be it a car crash or a football [...]

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

Monsieur Salut writes: Keir Bradwell‘s “after Len Shackleton” device for his ratings from Southampton – a blank page – divided [...]