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

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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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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

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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

Jake asks: can we do it again 75 and 39 years on?

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

Jake pins Sixer to the wall

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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Javier Manquillo: una cálida bienvenida de Salut! Sunderland

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Monsieur Salut writes: I loved this tweet, drawn to my attention by Joe Hughes, a Barnsley-based SAFC fan and a […]

Southampton Who are You?: ‘yep, I’d take Defoe, class act, and Januzaj’

Jake: 'have a winning day on the south coast, Lads'

Alan Copps* is one of Monsieur Salut’s valued former colleagues and his fine writing – as opposed to M Salut’s […]

Southampton ‘Guess the score’. No mugs here

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John McCormick writes: We make the long trip to Southampton aiming to put a stop to the poor start to […]

The Devil’s Advocate: a SAFC fan prepared to say ‘about time too’

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Rob Hutchison, master of the occasional one-word, one-mark matchday ratings, returns to devil advocacy, with some strident and, doubtless for […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: a long night against Shrewsbury, now long trips to Southampton and QPR

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Not quite 14,000 souls got along to the Stadium of Light for the traditional empty-ground start to a League Cup […]

Moyes on the boys: playing the sub(s) against Shrewsbury

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John McCormick (subbing for M Salut) writes: That Patrick was captain should tell you all you need to know about […]