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Martin’s Musings from Wigan: praise for fans’ cure of Bolton hangover

In his post-match e-mail from Wigan Athletic, Martin O’Neill once again praises the red and white faithful who risked becoming snowbound on the journey over the Pennines to provide the players with the vocal encouragement to help them deal with an early setback. Things got a little more hairy as the final whistle approached but […]

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Martin’s Musings on Bolton debacle: meek and mild

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Martin O’Neill could have put it an awful lot more strongly. Instead, in his post-match e-mail to Monsieur Salut, he chooses a mild form of rebuke for his players after an embarrassing capitulation to Bolton Wanderers – whose fans, mocked for their no-show at the Reebok, can also chortle at the size of the Stadium […]

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Martin’s West Ham Musings: magnificent effort beats the Hammers

It was freezing today at the Stadium of Light but the boys put in a performance to warm the cockles. Having said that, it was no walk over but from the moment we took the lead it was always comfortable. The squad is now showing what it is capable of and Martin O’Neill can enjoy […]

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Martin’s Musings from Bolton: plaudits for a tired squad – and tireless support

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For the first time in three games, Martin O’Neill had something to smile about at the final whistle. A decent second-half recovery saved the day after Bolton doubled their early lead. Sunderland live to fight on – we’ll know tomorrow what the reward would be if the replay saw us progressing to the next round […]

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Martin’s Musings on Liverpool 3 Sunderland 0: no joy on Merseyside as Sunderland slump to defeat

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Martin O’Neill The transfer window opens and two players leave the club with no replacements coming in. No doubt there are some lined up and we shall see some new names on the Sunderland roster but Martin O’Neill in his post-match e-mail to M Salut highlights the smallness of the squad and for once, has […]

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Martin’s Musings on SAFC v Tottenham Hotspur: we never gave up

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After two successive victories, Martin O’Neill had once again to find the positives in a home defeat in his personal e-mail to M Salut. With yet another re-shuffled defence, the ineligibility of Danny Rose saw Kilgallon who had played well at centre back being moved into the fullback spot, it may have been an easy […]

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Martin’s Musings from SAFC 1 Manchester City 0: everyone played their part

Malcolm Dawson writes…. It was one of those games where I chewed my finger ends for the last half an hour or so. I couldn’t tell from my seat if Johnson’s shot had gone in and it was only as the South Stand roared we could be certain in the NW corner. At 1-0 up […]

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Martin’s Musings from Southampton: praise for travelling faithful as Sunderland pick up the points

In his post-match e-mail from the St Mary’s, Martin O’Neill can reflect on a job well done on a filthy afternoon. With Christmas just around the corner he shares his goodwill between his team and its fans. (more…)

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Martins Musings from Manchester United 3 SAFC 1: taking heart in defeat

Malcolm Dawson writes…with M. Salut at the pantomime (no not Old Trafford) he has forwarded MON’s post match personal e-mail to me. More of the same I’m afraid, just like the performance! No good the manager taking part in Radio 4’s “Just a Minute” as he regularly commits the cardinal sins of deviation and repetition, […]

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Martins Musings from Sunderland 3 – Reading 0: specialist subject – the bleeding obvious

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Malcolm Dawson writes, for only the third time this season Martin O’Neill can celebrate a Premiership victory in his personal e-mail to Monsieur Salut but I’m sure that I’m not the only one who feels that there is little there that we couldn’t see for ourselves. Still on a freezing cold night, when McClean’s early […]

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Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland Guess the Score: more misery or modest redemption?

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We went early with the latest of Pete Sixsmith’s chronicles of doom from the Stadium of Light. He’s off to […]

Sixer’s Brentford Soapbox: warmth from sunshine, warmth for Liam Miller, otherwise chilly

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Pete Sixsmith will be on his way tomorrow to watch his beloved rugby league. It rarely fails to put a […]

Sixer’s sevens: Brentford exploit our defensive frailty

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1-0 down after 15 minutes, 2-0 after half an hour. Jones booked five minutes later. What a surprise. How much […]

The heart of old Sunderland remembered

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Mike Dennison, well known to subscribers to the Black Cats e-mail loop, alerts us to a fascinating book of Sunderland […]

Recalling Sunderland’s most memorable games in history

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A just-for-fun poll introduces this look at some of the greatest games in Sunderland AFC’s history. Many readers will approve […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Brentford

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John McCormick writes: Brentford – my favouritest club in all of London Town. I’ve seen them play at Griffin Park […]