Jake: 'point made not taken'

Jake: ‘point made not taken’

Colin Randall writes: this was a gritty display that brought the point needed to take SAFC out of the bottom three. No one played badly. Several – I’m thinking of Yedlin, K and K in central defence, Catts and Khazri – did especially well. It leaves lots of work to do but we are still in control of our own destiny and three words of the headline are stolen from Pete Sixsmith’s instant verdict (one he then changed for what you now see below) …

April 24 Sunderland (0) 0 Arsenal (0) Excellent point leaves it in our hands

April 16 Norwich City (0) 0 Sunderland (1) 3 Controlled and convincing. Kirchhoff, Kone, Cattermole magnificent

April 10 2016 Sunderland (0) 0 Leicester City (0) 2 Failed to take advantage of others’ results

April 2 2016 Sunderland (0) 0 West Bromwich Albion (0) 0 Much to like, but not quite enough

March 20 2016 Newcastle United (0) 1 Sunderland (1) 1 Great result for Norwich, disappointing for us of Cometh the hour, cometh the Sunderland team

March 5 2016 Southampton (0) 1 Sunderland (0) 1 Oddly a bigger disappointment than losing 8-0

March 1 2016 Sunderland (1) 2 Crystal Palace (0) 2 Borini thunderbolt salvages a scarcely deserved point

Feb 27 2016 West ham United 1 (1) Sunderland (0) 0 Hugely disappointing. Points there for the taking

Feb 13 2016 Sunderland (1) 2 Man Utd (1) 1 Sam’s new boys make all the difference

Feb 6 2016 Liverpool (0) 2 Sunderland (0) 2
1) Could this be the season’s turning point? and
2) *The window’s shut but so’s the trapdoor

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Feb 2 2016 Sunderland (0) 0 Manchester City (1) 1 One point was the least we deserved

Jan 23 2016 Sunderland (1) 1 AFC Bournemouth (1) 1 Suppose one point is better than none

Jan 16 2016 Tottenham Hotspur 4 (1) Sunderland 1 (1) Poor decision making on field and benchJan 13 2016

Swansea (2) 2 Sunderland (1) 4 Much improved second half after dismal first and a second texted 7 came in shortly afterwards – Always good to win away in Europe!

Jan 9 2016 Arsenal (1) 3 Sunderland (1) 1 Had chances but they have better players

Jan 2 2016 Sunderland (1) 3 Aston Villa (1) 1 The old hands pulled us through this

Dec 30 2015 Sunderland 0 (0) Liverpool 1 (0): Better performance but the inexorable slide continues

Dec 26 2015 Man City 4 (3) Sunderland 1 (0): Drew second half; shame about the first

Dec 19 2015 Chelsea 3 (2) SAFC 1 (0) *Fought like tigers. Undone by woeful start

Dec 12 2015 SAFC 0 (0) Watford (1) 1 * Disappointingly insipid and cannot complain about result

Dec 5 2015 *Arsenal (1) 3 SAFC (1) 1: Deserved better but couldn’t take our chances

Nov 28 2015 SAFC (0) 2 Stoke City (0) 0 Totally unrecognisable from the last home game

Nov 23 2015 *Crystal Palace (0) 0 Sunderland (0) 1: Winning ugly but winning. Sam’s the Man*

Nov 7 2015: SAFC (0) 0 Southampton (0) 1 A truly dismal display that heralds relegation

Nov 1 2015: Everton (2) 6 SAFC (1) 2 The usual post-derby anti-climax knocks us flat or Quite clear why Advocaat decamped to Holland or The defending was like Halloween: absolutely frightening

Oct 25 2015: SAFC (1) 3 Newcastle United (0) 0 Nothing better than the joy of six

Oct 17 2015: West Bromwich Albion (0) 1 SAFC (0) 0 * At least the pies were good quality to which Sixer adds Another Pantilimon error means still no win

Oct 3 2015: SAFC (2) 2 West Ham United (1) 2 Dick can be proud of his (?) players

September 26 2015: Manchester United (1) 3 SAFC (0) 0 Routine for United thanks to defensive errors

September 22 2015: League Cup: SAFC (0) 1 Manchester City (4) City’s brilliance aided by pathetic Sunderland defending or Defence horribly exposed by a rampant City or Not on the same planet as City

September 19 2015: AFC Bournemouth (2) 2 SAFC (0) 0 Couldn’t recover from a truly abysmal start

September 13 2015: SAFC (0) 0 Tottenham Hotpsur (0) 1 Vastly improved performance not reflected by result

August 29 2015: Aston Villa (2) 2 SAFC (1) 2 * M’Vila and Lens snatch a shaky point

August 25 2015: League Cup 2nd round: SAFC (3) 6 Exeter City (3) 3 Young hearts run free in second half

August 22 2015: SAFC (0) 1 Swansea City (1) 1 Gloom lifting after a more determined performance

August 15 2015: SAFC (0) 1 Norwich City (2) 3 I’ve seen some shockers in my time …

August 8 2015: Leicester City (3) 4 SAFC (0) 2 No encouragement to take from this shocker



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One Response to “Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-0 Arsenal. A precious point” Subscribe

  1. William C April 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    In my opinion this was our best display of the season. The players worked incredibly hard in closing down a very good Arsenal side in the first half. I think we were the better side in the second. Very encouraging. Well done Sam.

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