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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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Salut! Sunderland: the way it is

Here is the feature we introduced with the intention of getting readers talking. Salut! Sunderland: the way it is will [...]

Pure Poyetry: Hartlepool 0 SAFC 0 – Hartlepool 0 SAFC Development Squad 3

Malcolm Dawson writes…unlike Saturday today was a scorcher until we got to Monkey Hanging country that is, where it was [...]

Fifty years of Sunderland openers: (2) visions of hell at Millwall

The New Den is hardly the Old Den. Back in 2000, a semi-reformed Millwall Yob-and-Proud-of-It – he’d become a published [...]

Sixer’s Carlisle Soapbox: the splendour of England, the torpor of friendly football

Pete Sixsmith ought to have been a professional football writer, as his priceless accounts at Salut! Sunderland demonstrate season after [...]

Pure Poyetry: young legs come good in Cumbria – Carlisle 0 Sunderland 1

Malcolm Dawson writes….Pete Sixsmith’s half time text read “marginally less than inspiring”. I wasn’t there but Gus was and he [...]

Summer Gold: (3) Tasmin Archer, No 1 star among Sunderland’s celebrity supporters

Back in 2007, when Salut! Sunderland was a long way from its first million hits, we reproduced a series of [...]

Fabio Borini and Sunderland: what, in honesty, are we to believe?

Gus Poyet said the deal had been agreed. Brendan Rodgers likewise. People ‘close’ to Fabio Borini insisted he had no [...]