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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: JD spot on but Saints claw back a point

Jake: 'it's a start'

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Pete Sixsmith is slipping. His trip to the south coast last week meant he missed yesterday’s Under 23 game at Eppleton CW (a 3-0 win v Southampton) and this Bank Holiday Monday he will only make three games. The long journey back yesterday means that his much awaited match report from St Mary’s […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: a long night against Shrewsbury, now long trips to Southampton and QPR

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Not quite 14,000 souls got along to the Stadium of Light for the traditional empty-ground start to a League Cup campaign. Pete Sixsmith was one of them but said, bluntly: ‘For those quizzing, reading, walking or just plain breathing, you missed NOWT.’ But we won, and now have a 3rd Round tie at QPR to […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: Moyes stews as Sunderland get burned by Middlesbrough

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I nearly didn’t go today. I’ve got a bad back. But my lift arrived early so I struggled into my socks and shoes and did what Lamine Kone didn’t do and trekked along to the Stadium of Light. I’ve moved a row back this season but the faces from last year were all […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: City relieved as Sunderland almost snatch a point

Sixer: grumpy again

Malcolm Dawson writes….I switched on MOTD last night, not to see Gary Lineker in his underpants, but to play spot the celebrity in the crowd. And there he was – not Liam Gallagher, not Sam Allardyce, not comedian Jason Manford but our own Pete Sixsmith clear as day in amongst the Sunderland fans in the […]

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Sixer’s Watford Soapbox: having fun in the sun

Malcolm Dawson writes……when the season ends the way it has for the past four years, it’s easy to forget the misery and frustration that was the norm in earlier times. Threats of not renewing season tickets, giving up on away trips and concentrating on the Northern League seem light years away in the warmth of […]

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Sixer’s Everton Soapbox: banishing the blues on Wearside (part 2)

Malcolm Dawson writes………if Saturday was immense then Wednesday night was immenser! The first part of the job was completed at the weekend with victory over the Blues of Chelsea. The crowd was there to see the team complete the job against the Blues of Everton and my word were they up for it? What an […]

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Sixer’s Chelsea Soapbox:banishing the blues on Wearside (part 1)

Malcolm Dawson writes……the sun is shining on Weardale this morning, a song thrush is belting out its tuneful, if somewhat repetitive song and the smell of grilled bacon is permeating the kitchen. All’s well with the world. Yesterday was grey and overcast and a gloomy sea fret hung over the Stadium of Light. But the […]

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Sixer’s Stoke City soapbox: One point gained by a nervous team

will we go down?

Pete Sixsmith provides a grim read after his return from Stoke. All is not lost, and we are still in control of our destiny. Yet we have Chelsea up next and we’re not playing well. Read on for Pete’s analysis of a game we were within seconds of losing and where a last-gasp effort kept […]

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Sixer’s Arsenal Soapbox: gutsy draw but think how it might have been …

Pete Sixsmith presents his customary expert analysis and reflects on what might have been if only we’d been playing like this at the start of the season. Three points would have been a lot more reassuring, but this was a fine, fighting draw and keeps survival within our own hands… (more…)

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Sixer’s Norwich Soapbox: Catt’s Cats calm Canaries’ clappers

And so it came to pass that the 11 hours spent on a coach was worthwhile after all. And that the 2,500 disciples shoehorned into the corner of Carrow Road were loud in their praise of The Great God Sam and his angels and archangels on the field. And there was much wailing and gnashing […]

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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: JD spot on but Saints claw back a point

Jake: 'it's a start'

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Pete Sixsmith is slipping. His trip to the south coast last week meant he missed yesterday’s Under 23 […]

Hutch’s Patch: Rodwell’s top scorer at Southampton

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Rob Hutchison is driving back and it will be a while before he reaches home. So he phoned his daughter […]

Moyes on the boys: Southampton are a good team

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John McCormick writes: I’m frequently surprised by stats showing how little possession we have when we look untroubled for long […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Southampton 1-1 Sunderland. Late heartbreak again

Jake: 'it's a start'

A point at Southampton is always a good return. But for the third time in four seasons – the odd […]

Javier Manquillo: una cálida bienvenida de Salut! Sunderland

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Monsieur Salut writes: I loved this tweet, drawn to my attention by Joe Hughes, a Barnsley-based SAFC fan and a […]

Southampton Who are You?: ‘yep, I’d take Defoe, class act, and Januzaj’

Jake: 'have a winning day on the south coast, Lads'

Alan Copps* is one of Monsieur Salut’s valued former colleagues and his fine writing – as opposed to M Salut’s […]