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Eduardo, Ngog and an everyday saga of Bent penalties

The issue of cheating in football won’t go away. Is it a price worth paying for the cut and thrust of post-match debate? Colin Randall gets stuck in traffic long enough to hear a range of views … If we are honest, most of us love the controversy that football provokes. (more…)

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Making a meal of in north London – and catching Fabio’s eye (2)

In which the Spurs keeper is invited to thank his lucky stars and pipe down … There’s an awful lot of piffle from Brazil, and Heurelho Gomes is now beginning to get a bit irritating. Comeonspurs.com quotes him as “blasting” Darren Bent with these words: “I didn’t think I would get sent off because I […]

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Making a meal of it in north London – and catching Fabio’s eye (1)

Salut! Sunderland, while not caring enormously about international football, congratulates Darren Bent on his England call-up. Good for him, brings a little reflected glory to the club and may yet prove more meaningful than SuperKev’s inclusion in unSuperKev’s Euro 2000 squad. But there is unfinished Bent-related business. What was that about eating our words? Colin […]

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You’ve got a Friend, Mr Gomes

It is unlikely that the excellent Carole King had a refereeing performance decades into the future in mind when she wrote the song. But Colin Randall wonders whether Heurelho Gomes enjoyed a huge slice of luck today, courtesy of the man in black, Kevin Friend, as Sunderland slumped to a barely deserved defeat … IN […]

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Get a grip, Sunderland

There are exceptions to the rule, central to the British approach to law, that everyone is innocent until proved guilty. Countless generations of children would tell you parents and teachers have not always observed the principle. Even in courts of law, there is one glaring anomaly: newspapers, magazines, TV etc have to prove their innocence […]

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Hammers and SAFC: jaw jaw replaces war war

Sam Haseltine, our Hammers previewer and Football United techie wizard, cornered our own Pete Sixsmith last night for a telephone interview that delayed Sixer’s evening meal but should be clickable above. It was a good idea to record such a discussion, though this may be Salut! Sunderland‘s last word, for now, on the Ilunga/Jones incident […]

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Salut! Sunderland AFC (Against Football Cheats)

“Old bald headed bloke” * – see comments – considers the response from Wearside, the East End and beyond to the Jones/Ilunga incident during the 2-2 draw between SAFC and West Ham … West Ham supporters have rallied gamely to the cause of their side following events at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. They […]

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So how is Herita Ilunga’s face? (2)

And another thing. Shouldn’t a player – any player, West Ham or Sunderland or whoever – be subject to an automatic substitution if he writhes in agony, Illunga-style, on the ground? It just doesn’t seem safe for them to get up and resume play, once the penalty/card has been duly awarded, as if nothing had […]

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So how is Herita Ilunga’s face? (1)

Quick post-match thoughts … Hands up those brave, sportsmanlike West Ham players who spent much of the first half screaming at the referee to issue cards against Sunderland players. And step forward the man who went down under Kenwyne Jones’s foolish push, clutching his face as if stitches and possibly one of those full facial […]

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How Sixer observed Birmingham v Sunderland

Pete Sixsmith was called upon again by The Observer to sum up a Sunderland game. What a pity they didn’t ask last week … THE FANS’ PLAYER RATINGS AND VERDICT Pete Sixsmith, SalutSunderland.com All the beachballs on Scarborough beach would have been needed for us to get anything here. Our inability to beat some of […]

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Sixer’s Millwall Soapbox: Black Cats can’t see off the Lions

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….I’m starting to get worried. Following on from the shining example of scribemeister Pete Sixsmith, I have embarked […]

New man for Sunderland hot seat, an older man on the A list

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  Colin Randall writes: About the only way I could get through the first half of the Millwall game, even […]

Sixer’s Sevens. For the record, Millwall exploit our defensive frailty

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Pete Sixsmith will soon be excused duty from Salut! Sunderland in order to carry out his traditional Santa tasks but […]

Poll closes on Sunderland managership issue as Coleman appointment looms

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Well that was a waste of everyone’s time. As Sunderland dawdled towards an appointment, our poll attracted just under 100 […]

The first time ever I saw your team: Millwall

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John McCormick writes – I  do remember a trip to the Old Den in the ’70s but like Pete Sixsmith, […]

If Millwall’s visit isn’t worrying enough, Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa are up next

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Sunderland’s shameful home record will become officially the worst in English football history on Saturday if Millwall are not beaten […]