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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

Pete Sixsmith then (not so long ago) ... he's a lot trimmer now

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!

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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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Sixer’s Hartlepool Soapbox: bravo Benji, bravo (later) France, bad show Byrne’s boys

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Not so cool at the Pool, said Peter Sixsmith. Benji Kimpioka was cool, as were others of the young players […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Kimpioka spares the blushes to maintain a superb pre-season (for him)

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The 2018-19 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith or a super-sub sums up each Sunderland game in seven […]

How our Coventry friends hijacked Salut! Sunderland’s League One promotion poll

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No sour grapes. We – or those of us with too much time on our hands – might well have […]

Bravo England and Sunderland’s Jordans. And now, Allez les Bleus

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Monsieur Salut writes: so sad. England should have been two or three up at half time but lost their way […]

Sixer’s pre-season soapbox: normal service resumes at Darlington

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I was in the environs of Darlington yesterday afternoon and pondered whether to hang about and take advantage […]

Burton, Scunthorpe or Peterborough – who’ll join Sunderland, Barnsley, Charlton and Portsmouth?

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UPDATE: we saw the poll had grown, improbably, to 11,000+ votes with Coventry way out in front on 26 per […]