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Sixer’s Sevens: partying in the sun at Watford

Malcolm Dawson writes…..after fielding an unchanged starting XI for six straight games Sam made nine changes for this one. A chance to say goodbye for some and an opportunity for others to show that they can push for a place in next season’s squad. We did alright I thought, had two good goals wrongly ruled […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 3-0 Everton. King Kone turns striker, mission accomplished

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Colin Randall writes: We did it as we all, er, knew we would. And despite allowing Everton a fair amount of possession, we did it in style, with en emphatic scoreline and a clean sheet that rarely looked under threat. Patrick van Aanholt’s free kick left Joel Robles hopelessly wrong footed in the Everton goal […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea. The stuff off dreams. Magnificent, Lads

Colin Randall writes: Sensational. After a heartbreaker of a goal at the end of the first half, Sunderland came back from 2-1 down to win with wonderful strikes from Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe to add to Wabi Khazri’s first-half screamer. The referee Mike Jones had a stinker and at times made it look as […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Stoke City 1 Sunderland 1: Taking a chance

John McCormick writes: I thought beforehand that we could get at least a point from this game. But as the match went on, and the ref gave us nothing, I thought we were playing into Stoke’s hands and would lose. Then the ref gave us something, and up stepped Jermain Defoe. Over to Pete Sixsmith […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-0 Arsenal. A precious point

Colin Randall writes: this was a gritty display that brought the point needed to take SAFC out of the bottom three. No one played badly. Several – I’m thinking of Yedlin, K and K in central defence, Catts and Khazri – did especially well. It leaves lots of work to do but we are still […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Norwich City 0-3 SAFC. Bliss in Norfolk

  Pete Sixsmith bemoaned the 4am alarm call. He was nervy in the buildup, still nervy at half time with the Lads one up. See how he feels now in his seven-word verdicts (two for the price of one). To finish the game on 3-0, comfortably in the end, reflected a fabulous team display with […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-2 Leicester City. Couldn’t raise our game

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Pete Sixsmith, back from groundhopping in North Wales, saw little in it a half time. But Sunderland pretty much collapsed in the second half, going behind and then trying to go further behind until Vardy’s second made a Leicester title more likely, which we applaud, and a Sunderland relegation a near-certainty unless we can play […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0-0 West Brom. Can’t stay up like this

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Pete Sixsmith talked at half time about lots of huff and puff without clear chances, save for the superb Khazri cross that Defoe should have reached and nodded one. Then Sunderland carved out numerous reasonable chances after the break but poor luck, wasteful finishing and safe goalkeeping from Ben Foster kept us out. Norwich’s late […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Newcastle 1-1 SAFC. Two points thrown away

Pete Sixsmith saw DeAndre Yedlin’s schoolboyish attempt at a throw-in, rightly penalised, prompt the Newcastle move that broke our hearts. After coping well with the limited Toon threat up to that late point of the game, comfortably defending the splendidly taken Jermain Defoe opener just before half time, it felt like a real bodyblow when […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Southampton 1-1 SAFC. Heartbreakingly close

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Pete Sixsmith doesn’t yet know the full detail of the fevered response from the Potteries to his tongue-in-cheek “I love Stoke City” piece. He’s been too busy enjoying a trip to the south coast and points west. His early spring break came agonisingly close to achieving perfection, Jermain Defoe’s goal seeming enough to secure three […]

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End of season reviews (6): six charts for a sick season

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I’m glad we can begin to look forward to next season. Although it might seem a grim prospect I’m sure […]

End of season reviews: (5) left with a sense of foreboding

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Like Pete Sixsmith, Malcolm Dawson gets to more matches than most people. He’s well placed to comment on skill, systems, […]

Sunderland’s 10 relegations: The Coventry conundrum (part 2)

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John McCormick writes: I was there, at Goodison, that night. For a long time afterwards I felt cheated but I […]

Things for fans to do until Sunderland’s football season starts in August

Jake: 'would winning the last four games just make us angrier?'

After a season like that, it may seem a stretch of even the most fevered imagination to suppose Sunderland supporters […]

Who ate all the pies? And which club serves the best?

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Monsieur Salut writes: what is it about football and pies? Things many of us rarely eat in normal, civilised settings […]

A daughter writes: amid the grief, a good night for Manchester

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Nathalie Randall is Monsieur Salut’s younger daughter. She plays football better than he ever did and tries to make up […]