Sixer’s Sevens: the short, sharp match verdict

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Sixer’s Sevens is Pete Sixsmith‘s pithy summing up of each Sunderland game. Sixer does not mince his words; his seven-word verdict has not always made for pretty reading. Let’s hope for a run of upbeat Sevens inspired by Steve Bruce’s much strengthened squad. The verdict is posted as soon as possible, but be tolerant of any delay. An asterisk denotes a “holding” preview/verdict pending arrival of Sixer’s own or one from a supersub (Colin Randall or Malcolm Dawson). …


Since the mini-run started …

May 9 2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (1) Sunderland (1) 1 Deeply disappointing finale lacking quality and determination

May 2 2010 Sunderland (0) 0 v Manchester United (1) 1 Good performance bodes well for next season

Apr 24 2010 Hull City (0) 0 Sunderland (1) 1 Good to win away but a horrible game

Apr 17 2010 Sunderland (2) 2 Burnley (0) 1Comfortable win but edgy at the end

Apr 10 2010 West Ham 1 (0) Sunderland 0 (0) Yet another disappointing away performance. Deserved nothing

Apr 3 2010 Sunderland (2)3 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1Absolutely tremendous game and a great win

Mar 28 2010 Liverpool (2) 3 Sunderland (0) 0 Well beaten by a far better side

Mar 24 2010 Aston Villa (1) 1 Sunderland (1) 1 Excellent performance from a well balanced side*

Mar 20 2010 Sunderland (2) 3 Birmingham City (0) 1 Magnificent Gordon’s heroics ensure three vital points

Mar 14 2010 Sunderland (1) 1 Man City (0) 1 Very frustrating: this performance deserved a win

Mar 9 2010 Sunderland 4 (1) Bolton 0 (0) Comfortable in the end – what a relief

Feb 28 2010 Sunderland (0) 0 Fulham (0) 0 Well, at least we got a point


Before the mini-run …

Feb 20 2010 Arsenal (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 0 Seen worse, but the slide goes on
 
Feb 09 2010 Portsmouth (0) 1 Sunderland (1) 1 Self destructive challenges mean still no win*

Feb 06 2010 Sunderland (0) 1 Wigan Athletic (1) 1  More endeavour still fails to conjure win*

Feb 01 2010 Sunderland (0) 0 Stoke City (0) 0  A game that defines the word ‘turgid’

Jan 27 2010 Everton (2) 2 Sunderland (0) 0 Hard to find the good in Goodison

Jan 23 2010 FA Cup 4th round: Portsmouth (1) 2 Sunderland (1) 1 Defensive clangers set off the Pompey chimes

Jan 16 2010 Chelsea 7 (4) Sunderland (2 (0) Embarrassing? Not quite as good as that*

Jan 02 2010  Sunderland (1) 3  Barrow (0) 0  A competent performance but lacking clinical finishing  

Dec 28 2009 Blackburn Rovers (0) 2 Sunderland (0) 2 Brilliant Bent should be furious with defenders

Dec 26 2009 Sunderland (1) 1 Everton (0) 1 Incapable – again – of closing a game down

Dec 19 2009 Man City (3) 4 Sunderland (2) 3 Third rate defending leads to dismal defeat

Dec 15 2009 Sunderland (0) 0 Aston Villa (1) 2 Competed, but well beaten by superior opponents

Dec 12 2009 Sunderland (1) 1 Portsmouth (0) 1 A horrible game that exposed our weaknesses

Dec 6 2009 Fulham 1 (0) Sunderland 0 (0) Blustering fightback insufficient after wretched first half

Nov 28 2009 Wigan 1 (0) Sunderland (0) 0 Complete failure to show last week’s qualities

Nov 21 2009 Sunderland 1 (0) Arsenal 0 (0) A compelling, absorbing and absolutely wonderful win

Nov 7 2009 Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland Ref’s inability to apply rules costs dear

Oct 31 2009 Sunderland (1) 2 West Ham (2) 2 Fabulous fightback foils Hammers and rotten ref

Oct 27 2009 Carling Cup: Penalty shootout: Sunderland (0) 1 Aston Villa (0) 3 Two glorious chances spurned equals penalty misery

Oct 24 2009 Birmingham (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 1 Not even beachballs would have helped today

Oct 17 2009 Sunderland v Liverpool :Fabulous team performance personified by superb Cana

Oct 3 2009 Manchester United (0) 2 v Sunderland (1) 2 Take your pick:Feels like a defeat but it shouldn’t or Jammy, jammy Manchester United in injury time

Sept 27 2009 Sunderland 5 (1) v Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (0)Not as easy as the scoreline suggests

Sept 22 2009 Carling Cup: Sunderland (2) 2 Birmingham City (0) Ninety minutes for once free of stress

Sept 19 2009 Burnley (1) 3 v Sunderland (1) 1 Outfought and out-thought in dismal second half

Sept 12 2009 Sunderland (1) 4 Hull City (1) 1 Slick second half show as sun shines

Aug 29 2009 Stoke City 1 (1) Sunderland (0) 0 Squeezed out too easily by determined opponents

Aug 24 2009 Norwich City (0) 1 Sunderland (3) 4 Pleasant day out followed by comfortable win

Aug 22 2009 Sunderland (1) 2 Blackburn Rovers (1) 1 Hard game, deserved win: Jones, Cana outstanding

Aug 18 2009: Sunderland (1) 1 Chelsea (0) 3 Started well but outclassed by superior opponents

Aug 15 2009 : Bolton Wanderers (0) 0 Sunderland (1) 1 Deserved victory with many positives to take

How it looked in season 2008-2009

May 24 2009 Sunderland 2 (0) Chelsea 3 (0) Better performance but Villa are the heroes

May 18 2009 Portsmouth (0) 3 Sunderland (0) 1 Another defensive horror show threatens another relegation

May 9 2009 Bolton (0) O Sunderland (0) O Effort and commitment but still need point

May 3 2009 Sunderland (0) 0 Everton (0) 2 Another defensive shambles, another nail in coffin

April 25 2009 West Bromwich Albion (1) 3 Sunderland (0) 0 A performance so bad it defies description

April 18 2009 Sunderland (1) 1 v Hull City (0) 0 Vital win in a truly awful game

April 11 2009 Sunderland (0) 1 v Man United (1) 2 Better performance than result gives some hope

April 04 2009 West Ham United 2 (1) v Sunderland (0) 0 Dreadful result and performance enhances relegation credentials

March 22 2009 Man City 1 (0) v Sunderland (0) 0 Battled away bravely. Just not sharp enough

March 14 2009 Sunderland (1) 1 v Wigan Athletic (2) 2 Clueless, brainless, disorganised, pathetic, pitiful equals relegation

March 7 2009 Sunderland 1 (1) v Tottenham Hotspur 1 (0) Robbed of vital points by shocking referreeing

March 3 2009 Liverpool (0) 2 v Sunderland (0) 0 Predictable defeat. Makes a Saturday win essential

Feb 21 2009 Arsenal (0) 0 Sunderland (0) 0 Outstanding performances from Fulop through to Jones

Feb 7 2009 Sunderland (0) 2 Stoke City (0) 0 Stoke make us work for crucial win

Feb 4 2009 FA Cup 4th round replay: Blackburn Rovers 2 (1) Sunderland 1 (1) AET Good performance, but again we lack punch

Feb 1 2009 Newcastle Unitd 1 (0) Sunderland (1) 1 Another poor decision, but disappointing second half

Jan 27 2009 Sunderland(0) 1 1 Fulham (0) 0 Three vital points. Now for the Mags

Jan 24 2009 Sunderland (0) 0 Blackburn Rovers (0) 0 No cup magic in this dismal offering

Jan 17 2009 Sunderland (1) 1 Aston Villa (& Mike Dean) (0) 2 Total frustration as valuable points slip away

Jan 10 2009 Middlesbrough (1) 1 v Sunderland (0) 1 A game we clearly should have won

Jan 3 2009 FA Cup 3rd Round: Sunderland 2 (0) v Bolton Wanderers (0) 1 Decent showing puts us on Wembley trail

Dec 28 2008 Everton 3 (2) Sunderland (0) 0 Pathetic, against a team with no forwards

Dec 26 2008 Sunderland (0) 0 v Blackburn Rovers (0) 0 No Christmas cracker as Blackburn sit tight

Dec 20 2008 Hull City (1) 1 Sunderland (1) 4 Brilliant second half show to tame Tigers

Dec 13 2008 Sunderland (3) 4 West Bromwich Albion (0) 0 Comfortable win puts smiles on our faces

Dec 6 2008 Man Utd (0) 1 Sunderland (0) 0 Cruel defeat after disciplined if negative performance

Nov 29 2008 Sunderland (1) 1 v Bolton Wanderers (3) 4 Embarrassing and humiliating. Major changes needed now

Nov 23 2008 Sunderland (0) 0 v West Ham (1) 1 One-dimensional approach cannot break down opposition

Nov 15 2008 Blackburn (1) 1 v Sunderland (0) 2 Great second half brings end to slump

Nov 12 2008 Carling Cup: Sunderland (0) 1 Blackburn (0) 2 Shoddy defending has those bells really clanging

Nov 8 2008 Sunderland (1) 1 Portsmouth (0) 2 Alarm bells ringing after woeful second half

Nov 01 2008 Chelsea 5 (3) v SAFC 0 (0) Never has a bubble burst so quickly

Oct 29 2008 Stoke City 1 (0) v SAFC 0 (0) Not one chance created against limited opposition

Oct 25 2008 SAFC 2 (1) Newcastle 1 (1) Absolutely bloody marvellous. Mags beaten at last

Oct 18 2008 Fulham (0) 0 v SAFC (0) 0 Foiled by woodwork and bewildering referee’s decision

Oct 4 2008 SAFC (0) 1 v Arsenal (0) 1 Disciplined performance that deserved a famous win

Sept 27 2008 Aston Villa (2) 2 v SAFC (1) 1 Played well but couldn’t force deserved draw

Sept 23 2008 Carling Cup: SAFC (4-3 on penalties) (0) 2 Northampton (1) 2 Thoroughly undeserved, after a truly shocking display

Sept 20 2008 SAFC (0) 2 v Middlesbrough (0) 0 Old boys win well in second half

Sept 13 2008 Wigan (0) 1 SAFC (1) 1 Little pleasure in watching this scrappy showing

Aug 31 2008 SAFC 0 v Manchester City 3 Suicidal defending gives us harsh reality check

Aug 27 2008 Notts Forest 1 v SAFC 2 Embarrassment avoided, but not a great performance

Aug 23 2008 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1 v SAFC (0) 2 Strength and determination laced with real quality

Aug 16 2008 SAFC 0 v Liverpool 1 Cruel, but couldn’t sustain great first half display

* Sometimes there is a delay at Pete’s end and an emergency substitute is pressed into service. Sometimes there are technical difficulties. Sometimes Salut! Sunderland is caught napping. Preview seven-worders are also usually mine, not Pete’s. Between us, we do our best………

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  1. Tony October 24, 2009 at 1:10 pm #

    Unfortunately I got to watch this mornings debacle. More work to do and some fine tuning needed.

  2. Redan_White October 25, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    A step to soon for Jordan IMO, Zenden’s name is on that vacant spot. WHAT sensible comment, Ha ha ””””’

  3. Redan_White October 26, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    Where is the half time magic Steve, that is the question that needs asking, no half time response shocked me somewhat.

  4. Yiannis Skindilias February 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    Here is a question for everyone
    Has Andy Reid put back on some of his lost wait? And why do his crosses remind rugby up and unders?
    The truth is i don’t actually want to pick on AR, I really rate him…
    but it does somehow mean that it will take the team a few more days (probably weeks) to get over the month and a half of undertraining (snowy pitches and injured players for 2 months now).
    And lets overdo it and ask another one
    Why does everybody get injured in Sunderland? For goodness sake, McCartney went to West Ham and missed one match the whole season, he comes back and you never know if he ‘s playing unless you see it with your own eyes.
    Oh.. and dear FA please don’t forget to exclude mr Webb from future SAFC fixtures, me really feel he has something against us.
    Haway lads, do us proud even if it is a bit late on.

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