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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: top performances from Jordi and a Geordie

Malcolm Dawson writes….Recent victories for Leicester and Hull Cities, West Brom and Aston Villa see Sunderland still in the bottom three. It is becoming increasingly likely that it could be the free falling Magpies who will be the target if we are to avoid demotion to the Football League. Yesterday’s game versus Southampton was the [...]

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Sixer’s Soapbox: a devastating assessment of Sunderland vs Crystal Palace

Some of you will have seen the various options Pete Sixsmith, having endured Sunderland vs Crystal Palace, offered for his customary seven-word verdict. Here, for the non-squeamish, is his fuller appraisal of our latest surrender …

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Sixer’s Newcastle United Soapbox: Roker Roar revived by five in a row

Pete Sixsmith witnesses a good, solid performance with more than a hint of Dick Advocaat’s ‘win ugly’ strategy but also a goal of the utmost quality. This was the sort of display that will, if maintained, keep the crowd on the players’ side and secure the necessary points before those dreaded final trips to the [...]

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Sixer’s Aston Villa Soapbox: some constructive criticism (and please go, Gus)

John McCormick writes: In his e-mail carrying this account Pete Sixsmith said he’s addressing his remarks to Colin, Nic and myself as Malcolm had the misfortune to sit through this live. What remarks? Just the three headlines below: ABSOLUTE RUBBISH FROM BEGINNING TO END. YET ANOTHER CHANGE NEEDED. NO MORE AWAY GAMES AND SEASON TICKET [...]

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Sixer’s City Soapbox: Cheap beer, not much else at Hull City

John McCormick writes: listening to Gary Bennett on Radio Newcastle’s stream couldn’t give me the full picture of an eventful night at Hull. The pre and post- goal screams of “Fill that hole! Fill that hole! Oh no, if we could see it up here how could they not see it down there?” did not [...]

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Sixer’s West Brom Soapbox: well at least we didn’t lose

Malcolm Dawson writes….. “you must be pretty confident today” I said to the West Brom father and son combo as we grabbed a burger on our way up Millennium Way. His reply “Not really – this looks like a nil nil,” led to my asking about his thoughts on Pulis and he admitted that although [...]

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Masochism (3): Sixer mounts his Soapbox to denounce QPR shambles

Sunderland AFC please take note. If as loyal and long-standing and (sitting) a fan as Pete Sixsmith is beginning to cry ‘enough is enough’, something’s up. This is how Sixer saw the rotten collective surrender to QPR, complete with a literary allusion to ‘lives of quiet desperation’. Go to the home page – salutsunderland.com and [...]

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The Chapman Report from Swansea: Defoe making a difference – point taken

Malcolm Dawson writes…..Pete Sixsmith didn’t go to Wales on Saturday. Instead he went to North Shields to watch The Robins beat a team of southern softies in the FA Vase. He might just as easily have decided to go to watch Whickham v Billingham Town, where if my adding up is correct five players were [...]

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Sixer’s Burnley Soapbox: can’t go back to safety now

Malcolm Dawson writes….Pete Sixsmith has had a busy time since Lee Mason blew the full time whistle yesterday. First thing this morning he stepped in for M Salut and did a blog for ESPN. Read it here. Then he caught Carver, the below stairs boot boy, temporarily standing in for recently departed faithful manservant Pardew, [...]

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Sixer’s Fulham Soapbox: Should’ve gone to Shields v Shildon

Malcolm Dawson writes……I couldn’t get to this game being otherwise occupied on the Fylde coast. Phew – got away with that one. Of course Pete Sixsmith gets to every home game and most away matches too but even his patience is being tested. The euphoria felt at Old Trafford and Sid James’ Park isn’t making [...]

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Sixer’s Southampton Soapbox: top performances from Jordi and a Geordie

Malcolm Dawson writes….Recent victories for Leicester and Hull Cities, West Brom and Aston Villa see Sunderland still in the bottom [...]

Advochaat: “Working socks off, tremendous crowd, great performance”. Still scary, though.

  John McCormick writes: As the Duke of Wellington allegedly said  two hundred years ago, they might not frighten the [...]

One-word SAFC ratings vs Southampton: hang on there, fat lady

  John McCormick writes: As I’m doing Rob Hutchison’s post, Radio 5 has cut from the footie to some southern [...]

Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 2 Southampton 1. ‘Massive’ Gomez double to worry Newcastle

Monsieur Salut writes: What a difference two key decisions going in Sunderland’s favour can make. After a season of desperately [...]

Ahead of Southampton, figures that add up so badly for Sunderland

My guesswork is uncomplimentary to Sunderland and our chances of avoiding relegation. Why not carry out the same exercise yourselves [...]

Sixer’s non-league Soapbox: Shildon’s celebrations cancelled by dogged Terriers

Malcolm Dawson writes….the day started off OK for Pete Sixsmith. He sat and shivered at the Riverside whilst the rain [...]