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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 2-2 West Ham. Welcome fight too little, too late

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Monsieur Salut writes: awful defending cost Sunderland the goals that made the start of each half so disappointing but at long last, effort was matched by an ability to score. Wahbi Khazri added pressure on David Moyes to explain rationally why he has been used so little with his astonishing curler directly for a corner […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-3 Manchester United. Pawson’s folly, our failings

Jake: 'the gloom deepens'

Monsieur Salut writes: No referee, however bad, makes as many mistakes as those routinely committed by footballers. But Craig Pawson’s dismissal of Seb Larsson seemed an atrocious call and one he must have known would end the game as a contest. It did. And we lost as maybe we would have done anyway. Pete Sixsmith […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Leicester City 2-0 SAFC. Decent fight, no punch

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Monsieur Salut writes: Sixer was absent again and we had few expectations. Seeing Cattermole in the starting XI and Anichebe on the bench (sent on late-ish) raised spirits, but we knew we were in such dire straits that only a win, with many more to follow, would do. After doing pretty well for an hour, […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Watford 1-0 Sunderland. Au revoir to the Premier League?

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Monsieur Salut writes: Nothing is actually settled. Losing 1-0 to Watford, deservedly as well, does not relegate Sunderland. But we know the game is up. We just aren’t good enough to do what Hull did in routine home game today, what Palace under Big Sam managed at Chelsea. A decent Borini shot late on and […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0-0 Burnley. Unimaginative and wasteful

Jake: 'Benno got it right - just not enough'

Monsieur Salut writes: another wasted chance to keep in touch with anything remotely resembling safety. First half was abysmal, Burnley poor but often threatening whereas Sunderland were just poor. Very poor. Second half? Four or five excellent chances to score so it was undoubtedly better, but still so far short of being good enough. On […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-2 Manchester City. Enough fight, no finish or finesse

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Monsieur Salut writes: we knew in our hearts how it would go. If only Fabio Borini’s header had been on target after Defoe hit the post and presented him with an open goal, if only David Silva’s passing wasn’t so precise, City weren’t so devastating on the break. If only. Positives: we put up a […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 2-0 Sunderland. That sinking feeling

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Monsieur Salut writes:  At half time, Sunderland having defended reasonably well without offering a threat to the Everton goal, went behind when Fabio Borini failed to track back and a swift move down the right ended up with the ball in the back of the net. Pete Sixsmith, suffering at Goodison, felt there was ‘no […]

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Sixers Sevens: Southampton shoot us down

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John McCormick writes:  We do make it difficult, don’t we? But have we made it impossible?  Results elsewhere may mean we haven’t but, really, we can’t live in the Premiership with a team that provides, to quote Pete Sixsmith, in exactly seven words: “Another embarrassment that sorely tests our patience” In fact, we have to admit we […]

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Sixer’s Palace Sevens: Crystal shattered.

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John McCormick writes:  What do you make of that? Was it our new signings? Was it their poor full-back? I did expect the worst, just because we’re Sunderland and these things happen, but it didn’t. Some great defence led to our first clean sheet away and two excellent goals, then some great footwork from Defoe left them […]

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Sixer’s Tottenham Sevens: Ndong and Kone stifle Spurs

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John McCormick writes:  I’ve been having a spot of bother with the website this evening. It has been loth to open pages for editing and very slow to load. So please bear with me as I try to put up pages today and tomorrow. No problems with Pete Sixsmith, however. He’s right on the whistle with an instant […]

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Middlesbrough vs Sunderland Guess the Score as the curtain crashes down

Jake: 'forget the mugs: Monsieur Salut has a better class of prize these days'

Let’s not beat about the bush. Wrinkly Pete’s rose-tinted crystal ball couldn’t save us and nor could my sister and […]

The Middlesbrough ‘Who are You?’: on Juninho, Lauren Laverne and two doomed clubs

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So Sunderland are effectively two defeats from relegation, one if Hull were to win just one more game and goal […]

Sixers Says: oh what fun to see a Sunderland win, and against Arsenal

Jake: 'There's more than one team that play in red and white in Sixer's life ...'

Before heading off to Yorkshire for Rugby League, Pete Sixsmith decided to share his happy experience of attending a home […]

West Brom, Watford safe. Palace, Bournemouth, Burnley relaxing, ‘Boro, Hull, Swansea sweating. Sunderland propping them up.

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Another empty weekend unless you’re a groundhopper like Sixer or a local league fan like Malcolm, which means it’s time […]

From Bradford to south Manchester, Sixer’s Easter groundhopping odyssey

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Pete Sixsmith had his say with Gary Bennett on the radio as he left the Sunderland-West Ham game, had his […]

Kate Bush says ‘Don’t give up’, and so does Wrinkly Pete

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John McCormick writes: So you think it’s bad, do you? In this post Wrinkly Pete opens with a reminder of a […]