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Sixer’s Sevens: Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland. Ouch but Ha’way South Shields

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith was right to duck out of this rotten finale. Players crying off – “I’m hurt” – and players just not up to it. We took the lead and went on to be thrashed, but hats off to South Shields on winning the FA Vase with a great 4-0 win over […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Arsenal 2-0 SAFC. A smidgeon of pride

Jake: 'come on Jordan. Just give us one more season. Please'

Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith has done with Sunderland for this season, at least as far as attending games is concerned. You will not see his seven-word verdict but Bob Chapman’s. After the awfulness of the last home game, our Lads at least mustered defiance and occasional threat. Forget the overwhelming dominance of the stats […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-2 Swansea City. Bravo Rob Mason, shame on Sunderland

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Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith wondered at half time, Sunderland two down and looking like little boys lost, whether it was worth staying. He did. And continued to see a team devoid of leadership, character, flair or even – in many cases – passion. Embarrassing, Sixer said later. As bad as, if not worse than, […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Hull City 0-2 SAFC. Hollow victory, pride restored

Jake: 'well knock me down with a feather'

Pete Sixsmith decided after all to go to the Hull game and you’ll see his seven-word verdict below. I imagine thousands of Sunderland supporters not even bothering how it went. At half-time, Sixer’s verdict was that we looked better organised (not a huge leap) in a poor game. Then, all of a sudden, Billy Jones […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-1 Bournemouth. Dead and buried. That’s official

Jake: 'after a lengthy flirtation and courtship, the relationship is finally consummated.'

Pete Sixsmith today witnessed his ninth relegation. He and Monsieur Salut were both around for the one before that, Sunderland’s first, but just too young to have formed their lifelong allegiance, one that – promotions and an FA Cup win apart – has been a largely unrequited love. Come back for more – Sixer’s immediate […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Middlesbrough 1-0 SAFC. Even Benno lost for words

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Pete Sixsmith will have more to say, here and standing in for Monsieur Salut at ESPNFC, but this is his immediate post-match verdict on another wretched defeat, once again when facing fairly poor opposition. Some folk were clinging to the straw of a possible West Ham demotion after today’s HMRC raids. They won’t be now. […]

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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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That takeover: the Ellis Short era seems all but over

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Season End Reviews: (10) six degrees to relegation (with thanks to Kevin Bacon)

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Each year we invite regular and occasional contributors to write  end-of-season reviews, writes Monsieur Salut. You’d be forgiven for thinking […]

Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership […]

From the archives, and bordering on insanity

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John McCormick writes: Nine years ago years ago I was in Sunderland and wondering what the future held. In particular, […]

The Salut! Sunderland Haways: Hull, Brentford and Derby fans edge out Bolton

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It’s that time of year again and Monsieur Salut unveils the Salut! Sunderland equivalent of the Oscars … Salut! Sunderland […]

Come what may, can Sunderland go up?

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  Whoever turns out to be Sunderland’s next manager will soon – and let us hope it is soon as […]

Season End Reviews: (8) from the shambles of 2018 to 1988-style Sunderland fun

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One of the perils of responding promptly to Salut! Sunderland‘s annual appela for end-of-season reviews is that Monsieur Salut may […]