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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Manchester United 1. Empty and untitled

The flat end of season many of us feared, while outwardly hoping for something special, seemed assured when Wayne Rooney put Manchester United ahead and the only first-half chance for Sunderland was squandered. Would the second half bring that special ingredient, especially with United players knowing Man City were ahead? Well it got better for [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 2 Bolton Wanderers 2. Excellent goals, no glory

This was so typical of the poorer parts of the season: easy surrender of possession, sloppy defending and a failure to build on or even protect a lead. Fortunately Sunderland also broke the April duck with two well-taken goals by Nicklas Bendtner and James McClean to make sure we at least were not defeated. But [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa 0 SAFC 0. So near

How can a team score three at Man City and then go the whole of April without managing another? Well we have only next Saturday to put that right after yet another 0-0 draw, this time in a game we might easily have lost for failing to take any of the good chances we created.

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0. Someone’s missing O’Neill’s message

What was it Martin O’Neill told the players after we went out of the FA Cup? End the season in style, finish as high as you can … surely this was not what he had in mind.

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Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 4 SAFC 0 – mint toffees skin cats

The half time analysis on Radio Newcastle focused on the result of the US Masters such was the paucity of action in the first 45 minutes. The 2nd half commentary of Barnes and Bennett struggled to make itself heard above the singing Evertonians in the press box as the Toffees ran riot yet again. Well [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0. A match for the best

Here Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day or two. [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester City 3 SAFC 3. And it feels like losing …

A magnificent performance left Sunderland feeling that a draw at the Etihad stadium, where no team had won or – until today – drawn in the Premier League this season, amounted to two cruelly lost points.

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Everton 2. Not remotely good enough

Here Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day or two. [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: half time, one down to Everton, badly needing a lift

Here Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day or two. [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 3 QPR 1 – Black Cats purring again

Here Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day or two. [...]

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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 [...]

The great Guess the Score rollover: SAFC v Stoke – Wembley-bound again?

Guess the Score produced no winner at Turf Moor. No one had a dour enough disposition to suggest we’d be [...]

SAFC v Stoke City Who are You?: beyond Pulis’s ‘hoofball’ (listening, Pelligrini?)

Mike Alderson* was the second Stoke City fan, and the second official of City’s South West supporters’ club branch, to [...]

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

Here are Keir Bradwell‘s man-by-man ratings from the less than impressive afternoon at Turf Moor. Sorry, Burnley fans – Lukas [...]

Sixer’s Burnley Soabox: Black Cats not good, Black Cat not bad

John McCormick writes: My senior railcard expired last week. I didn’t bother to renew it as I knew my chances [...]

Pure Poyetry across the Pennine Way: faint praise for draw at Burnley

John McCormick writes: This morning I was still hoping I’d get that phone call to tell me there was a [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Burnley 0 Sunderland 0. A game to forget but bravo Durham

This is the place where, game after game and ahead of his more considered view, Pete Sixsmith sums up the [...]