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Sixer’s Sevens: Tottenham Hotspur 1 SAFC 0. Brave, daft, defeated

Despite surviving appeals for three penalties we would have been horrified to see denied to Sunderland, PDC’s team held out with great guts for 88 minutes, only to be beaten by a combination of David Vaughan’s stupid challenge, earning him a second yellow, and Gareth Bale’s magnificent finish 13 minutes later for the late winner. [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Southampton 1. Can only Arsenal save us?

A point, very often during this tense last home game, was more than Sunderland deserved. When Phil Bardsley scored one of his occasional screamers, it looked – briefly – as if we might get the three to secure safety. Not to be. Pete Sixsmith – who summarises the outcome and/or performance of virtually every game [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens. SAFC 1 Stoke City 1: survival point?

Each matchday, Pete Sixsmith – or a supersub in his absence – summarises the outcome and/or performance with a seven-word verdict, invariably followed by his considered Soapboax report. Tonight was yet another of those interminable must-win games for Sunderland. At half time, it looked like a no-hoper. The 10 men who remained after Craig Gardner’s [...]

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Sixers Sevens: Aston Villa 6 SAFC 1: Paulo’s boys punished by resurgent Villa

…The mood going into this game was positive and after the last two victories there was justified cause for optimism. This was to be our Champions League Final, the three points ensuring another year of Premiership football. As Sunderland fans we should know better than to get over excited and tonight showed why. This is [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Everton 0. Three more priceless points

Another mighty, mighty win and Pete Sixsmith‘s mid to late-season wobble may be over with any luck. Twice in six days he has seen a rejuvenated Sunderland take three points from a game. Today Stephane Sessegnon hit the first-half winner in a tense, even match that mattered mostly because of the further step it took [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Chelsea 2 SAFC 1 – reasons to be cheerful?

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. The result went to script but PDC can take heart from a performance that was far better than most this year. Two wicked deflections cost us; we can but hope that the decent display fires the team for the [...]

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Sixer’s 1973 Sevens: SAFC 2 Arsenal 1 as Stokoe leads Wembley charge

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. Forget a traumatic week for SAFC. Forget the relegation scrap we’re still enmeshed in. A ruby anniversary has turned Pete’s head and we’re back to this weekend in 1973, when 55,000 packed into Hillsborough to see the Hughes/Hallom double [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Manchester United 1. No shame; no menace either

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. He judged this match beyond us even at one-down and missed the end to scamper back to Shildon in hopes of seeing Wembley-bound FA Vase glory (3-1 up, but only level with Tunbridge Wells on aggregate, soon after HT; [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Norwich City 1. Yet another letdown brings storm clouds

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. We’ve all been so often that it should be like water off a duck’s back. A so-called must-win game – and for once the phrase seemed fully justified, at least to anyone with an eye on forthcoming games. And [...]

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Sixer’s Sevens: QPR 3 SAFC 1. Two volleys and a funeral

This is where Pete Sixsmith usually records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. Today, wise man, he was in posh Ascot watching Shildon win 4-1 in an FA Vase replay. So he missed a dreadful reverse, 3-1, at Loftus Road. The verdict came from his phone, and accurately sums up what [...]

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The Way It Is: where readers can have their say on anything

Cup excitement has been and gone and we’re back to the grind of fighting for our Premier League lives. So [...]

Salut! Sunderland Podcast: We Talk Man City And Chelsea.

Well despite only picking up a point from our last two games, the performances were encouraging, writes Stephen Goldsmith. I [...]

Chelsea vs Sunderland: a tale of two vists. Same year, worlds apart

Let us remember, briefly, at happened on a shockingly wet day in London when, before Chelsea vs Sunderland, Monsieur Salut [...]

Chelsea ‘Guess the Score’: hatful for them, valiant win for Sunderland?

The heartbreaking nature of Man City’s undeserved equaliser should not detract from the pride we can take, finally and for [...]

Chelsea vs SAFC ‘Who are You?’: falldown Torres, Liverpool’s media love-in and Gus

In my ESPN report – http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/3106?cc=5739 – on the spirited draw at the Etihad, I wrote this: Improbable as survival [...]

Sixer’s Manchester City Soapbox: pressure’s off, so football’s on for Sunderland

So Pete Sixsmith succumbed to the power of a lifetime’s devotion. Instead of West Auckland vs an Eden Buses XI, [...]

Pure Poyetry: on almost upsetting the Man City apple cart

Following Sunderland we learn to expect the unexpected. Having failed to achieve victory in the games we thought were winnable, [...]