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

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

Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

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

Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

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

Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

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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Sixer’s Sevens: West Brom 2-0 SAFC. All but Honeyman throwing in towel

Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

Monsieur Salut writes: No Pete Sixsmith at the Hawthorns. He wisely gave himself a day off from the drudgery and misery of supporting Sunderland and caught a game (and maybe some decent fish and chips) at Whitby. Another wretched defeat, 2-0 as I am afraid I predicted at ESPN, and we’re where we probably deserve […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: FA Cup 3rd Round replay. Burnley sink SAFC after another sad performance

Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

Monsieur Salut writes: The more Pete Sixsmith mentioned going to Burnley for the replay, the more I felt he was forcing himself to make the trip, such is the burden he carries as a Sunderland supporter and Salut! Sunderland chronicler. On commentary courtesy of Radio Newcastle, an increasingly exasperated Gary Bennett kept insisting we had a […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1-3 Stoke City. With barely a whimper

Monsieur Salut writes: Is there no end to the pain to which Sunderland supporters are subjected by those rewarded handsomely to manage and play for the club? By the time Sunderland got started, 38 minutes into this miserable game, they were three down; it might have been four or five so easily had a well-organised […]

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Sixer’s FA Cup Sevens: SAFC 0-0 Burnley. As Jake put it, ‘zzzzz….’

Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

Monsieur Salut writes: To no great surprise Pete Sixsmith preferred Shildon vs Atherton Collieries in the FA Vase. He kept in touch via Barnes and Benno, describing a drab game short on quality and ending goalless before all of 17.632 souls (but my emergency seven-worder appears for now). With a replay almost the last thing […]

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A View from the Avenue: Barnsley result crucial after a decent start

Paul Summerside hoping for calmer waters - and a new man on the bridge

So after tonight’s win at Carlisle in the Carabao Cup, is Paul Summerside chuffed to bits, mildly encouraged or part […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Carlisle 1-2 Sunderland. Bill Green honoured, our job done

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Beating Carlisle in the league cup, or what is now correctly called the Caraboa Cup (what, you may ask but […]

Grayson’s uphill struggle to mould a viable Sunderland squad

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William Sundin, a media production graduate from Sunderland University (though strongly suspected of being an Ipswich supporter) takes another clinical […]

Has the luck of the Irish in English football run out?

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Kevin O’Neill is an Irish football writer who knows his subject. In a new book, he traces the declining role […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Ground (with or without Sunderland): Carlisle United

Jake:  Sixer and Sobs expect to smile more next season

Brunton Park is the latest stop in Pete Sixsmith‘s series* looking at his own earliest experiences of the teams Sunderland […]

Carlisle Who are You? ‘when Shankly said ours was football’s greatest achievement’

Jake: 'let's be having you'

Colin Randall writes: our Carlisle United interviewee Mike Booth, a moderator at the Carlisle fans’ forum thecumbrians.net, says most people […]