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Seen from afar on a small screen it is still obvious that PDC wants his team to work hard, close down the opposition and play positive football. We may only have had a couple of chances and, as Spurs fans were quick to remind us, it was only a pre-season game but there is surely something to build on. This was a PDC not a MON display. As the manager tells M. Salut in his personal post match e-mail, the players are buying into his ideas and whilst there is still work to be done, things are on the up. Oh and the fans (including Goldy major) were fantastic.

Dear Colin,

I was very pleased with the game for the general condition. Yesterday we had a double training session; Manchester City only one.

It was just a few days after the Tottenham game, and on a very heavy pitch. It’s obvious we have to work hard to do better.

There are players with very good quality; they already understand my philosophy. Some still have to fully understand what I want, but this is normal. It’s only been a short time; just 23 days.

When you have a lot of new faces and you’re trying to bond and change mentality you have ups and downs, but I didn’t see any downs today, which is good.

It’s obvious we have to work hard but it’s not about the result. We are improving – we’ve only had 23 days together – new faces, new mentality – but when we kept the ball we created chances. I’m very satisfied.

The fans – what can I say? Thanks, thanks, thanks. They were amazing once again – everyone who travelled from Sunderland, from England, from all around the world and of course the local fans here.

All the best,

Paolo Di Canio



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Born in Hetton le Hole, deputy editor Malcolm Dawson's first game at Roker Park was the three all draw with Leicester City at the beginning of the 64-65 season. Having spent more than thirty years living in the East Midlands, he was Chairman and Information Officer of the Heart of England Branch of the Supporters' Association but has now returned to live in County Durham.

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  1. tony July 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Allez le gars

    Allez le rouge et bland

    We might not have won, but it looks like we have heart, commitment, and purpose, something we have not seen consistently for many a year, its going to be good following an entertaining team again, a team we can be proud to follow, magic, cant wait for the season to start, and especially when them frem ower the watter, come to visit.
    Cheers
    Paulo.

  2. Drummer July 28, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    We could have put up with the Mon way if we were scraping wins but we seemed to be defending deficits at times , so reluctant were we to push forward . The PDC way of playing attractive forward passing football will be an improvement on the eye regardless of results but I have a feeling results will improve anyway simply because we will go out and try to earn them. Looks like being an exciting knock down, get up season to come with no little skill involved , looking forward to it and I wouldn’t have said that if the old management team were still in place, regardless of what division we’d start in.

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