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Sixer’s Sevens: Chelsea 3 SAFC 1. Competitive in defeat. Au revoir Hull

Pete Sixsmith‘s boycott of expensive trips to London was maintained for the final game of the season, though he was able to follow proceedings from afar and supply a seven-word verdict. The game at Chelsea went to script despite Steven Fletcher’s rediscovery of his goalscoring touch, before Costa’s penalty equaliser in the first half and […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Arsenal 0 SAFC 0 – all smiles at the Emirates

Pete Sixsmith gave north London a miss and settled for the Sky coverage around at his mate’s – the other Peter…Horan’s. There are rumours that one of his brothers, Michael, no stranger to the Comments section of Salut! Sunderland may pop up at some stage with a report but for now Sixer minor comes up […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-0 Leicester City. Still a point from safety

Com back tomorrow for the Coventry edition of Pete Sixsmith;s outstanding series on his visits to opponents' grounds

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith, not alone among Salut! Sunderland folk in feeling nervous today, was philosophical at half time – ‘strong on effort but weak on quality’. He wasn’t much happier with the standard of play at the end of a ‘truly awful’ goalless draw, but accepted that the defeats of Newcastle and Hull […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 0 SAFC 2. Deflected glory for Danny Graham and Jermain Defoe

Jake pins Sixer to the wall

Monsieur Salut writes: I suppressed the temptation to add “or luckier” to my original headline (‘Results don’t come much bigger ..’). This was, beyond doubt, a magnificent defensive display and no one who knows the first thing about football challenges the notion that having a solid defence comes into the reckoning when plaudits are distributed. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 2 Southampton 1. ‘Massive’ Gomez double to worry Newcastle

Monsieur Salut writes: What a difference two key decisions going in Sunderland’s favour can make. After a season of desperately bad calls against us, we were awarded two penalties – the first ‘soft’, according to Pete Sixsmith; the second ‘harsh’, said the BBC – and Jordi Gomez stepped forward to convert both with aplomb to […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Stoke City 1 SAFC 1. Good but not good enough

Monsieur Salut writes: a draw at Stoke would normally seem acceptable. But wins for Hull and Leicester – also away – dumped us in the bottom three, so it felt more like losing. The next three games – Southampton and Leicester at home, Everton away – will decide our fate. Pete Sixsmith gave the game […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1-4 Crystal Palace. Supporting Sunderland’s now officially embarrassing

Monsieur Salut writes: After a drab first half, Pete Sixsmith saw “nothing much between these two average sides”. Inevitably, Palace came out after half time and showed one difference, a quick goal. Less inevitably, but maybe not so surprising to the longest suffering of football fans anywhere, three more came to complete a 13-minute collapse […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 0. Defoe makes Adam looks ordinary

Jake: 'nowt wrong with route one'

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith is not often purring these days. After the stupendous strike by Jermain Defoe in the last moment of the first half, an unstoppable volley from 25 yards to make Charlie Adam look frankly commonplace, he was a happy lad. Well, happyish. ‘Lovely goal? Wasn’t it just? But now we need […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: West Ham 1 Sunderland 0. The nearly men

Another game without a goal for Sunderland but a draw seemed likely for Dick Advocaat in his first game in charge until legs became weary, minds wandered and Sakho buried the ball with minutes to go. It had been a decent performance up to then. Defoe had wasted a wonderful chance much earlier, the team […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 4 – at least we drew the second half!

Pete Sixsmith

John McCormick writes: If we stay up this season it will be only because there are worse teams in the premiership. The worrying thing is that, on today’s performance, there are no worse teams. That’s what I think, but what about Pete Sixsmith? While I was awaiting his text, which went to France instead of […]

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Salut! Sunderland advent calendar – who or what is behind door 12?

Jake: 'when will we next see sunny times for Sunderland AFC?'

The purpose of a traditional Advent Calendar is to offer a surprise or a reminder of the Christmas story in […]

Sixer’s Walsall Sevens: Third time unlucky? Maybe not.

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Pete Sixsmith may be busy on the Saturdays before Christmas but on the weekdays he leaves the work to his […]

Rate the ref: Walsall at home, FA cup replay

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Our first home game since the series started. We don’t expect many ratings for away games but we should get […]

Walsall Who are You: Sunderland ‘pretty useful going forward, less convincing off the ball’

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Monsieur Salut writes: this is a Who are You? with a difference ahead of tonight’s FA Cup 2nd round replay […]

Salut advent calendar: what strange goings on lie behind door 11?

In the run up to Christmas Day, behind each door of the Salut! Sunderland advent calendar is an article written […]

Walsall Guess the Score: ‘can we play you every week? Oh, we already do’

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The experience of Saturday prompts a rule addition for the Salut! Sunderland prize Guess the Score: a match abandoned = […]

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