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SA’s Essay: moving up but still down after Southampton result

Malcolm Dawson writes……as if to prove the point I made after the Palace game on Tuesday Southampton’s last gasp equaliser leaves us all deflated. Like Fabio Borini’s equaliser in midweek this came as the match was drawing to a close but whereas on Tuesday there was enough time to create a bit of excitement as […]

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SA’s Essay: no problems against Palace – until they scored that is

Malcolm Dawson writes……..David Corner came out to do the half time draw and I said to the bloke behind me how it must be galling to be remembered by many for one moment of indecisiveness, one error of judgement. I was reminded of David Corner on Saturday when PvA’s failure to hit row Z cost […]

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SA’s Essay: missing the point at West Ham

John McCormick writes: At half time some stats came up saying West Ham had 80 per cent passing accuracy and we had 55 per cent. Some of the responsibility for that must lie with Lee Cattermole, whose distribution in the first half was atrocious. I’d have taken him off earlier and I’d start Rodwell on Tuesday. […]

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SA’s Essay: Really pleased for everybody, and the fans deserve it


    John McCormick writes: I could get used to this. Sitting at home with the bairn laughing, me laughing, and looking forward to match of the day. It’s aal reet,  it’s better than aal reet. I might even have a beer or two between now and then. First, though, I’m intercepting Colin’s post to bring you the […]

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SA’s Essay: never say die attitude at Liverpool brings welcome point

Malcolm Dawson writes… away point is always good and after it seemed like defeat was on the cards especially welcome. We are still a few wins away from safety and even two on the bounce might not get us out of the bottom three after today’s results but let’s not quibble. Sam was happy and […]

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SA’s Essay on Manchester City: no beating Hart, but let’s take heart

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Sam Allardyce strikes a sensible balance in his post-match e-mail, accepting the disappointment of another defeat but praising his team, especially the new boys, for a heartily encouraging performance. With all the talent at their disposal, Manchester City were reduced to playacting and blatant timewasting to preserve their lead. Anyone betting on a City victory […]

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SA’s Essay: getting the point of Bournemouth


John McCormick writes: We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what Pete Sixsmith thinks of this result. I know, however, that Jake’s thinks a point isn’t enough, as that’s what he sent with the graphic you’ll see at the bottom of the page. Jake isn’t the only one to send stuff, of course. The manager also communicates with […]

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SA’s Essay: Sunderland self destruct at Spurs

Malcolm Dawson writes…….two wins on the bounce had put a bit of colour back into the cheeks of an ailing Sunderland side but we all knew that there is still a long way to go before recovery is complete. Today was a tough test but we started well enough. Organised and disciplined with PvA once […]

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SA’s Essay: weathering the Swansea storm for a big three points

Jake: 'anything Oxford can do ....'

Malcolm Dawson writes……this was an eventful game to say the least. Six goals (one possibly offside, a debatable penalty, a sending off, a debatable disallowed goal, a goal disallowed after it took the linesman an age to raise his flag, a Jermaine Defoe hat trick! Enough questionable decisions to rile the South Wales press and […]

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SA’s essay: Flattering to deceive? Deceiving to flatter?

John McCormick writes: Here’s the final part of this evening’s trilogy. It’s the highly personal letter written by our manager and sent by courier to M Salut (and maybe one or two others). We only put it on this page because we know Ellis Short make our site his first stop after the Tram Car in Southwick on […]

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The end of an era. Salut! Sunderland’s journey will soon be over

Jake: 'this is the place where you find true support, unconditional commitment'


Salut! Sunderland’s 13 years and Sunderland’s 13 managers: (1) Keano

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As Salut! Sunderland winds down, Pete Sixsmith comes up with an idea to keep us occupied in our remaining weeks. […]

Wycombe, Oxford, Coventry and Fleetwood intrude. But what about Peterborough, Rotherham, Doncaster and Portsmouth?

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Another international weekend with Sunderland players called up. You might wonder how, given that we’re a League One club and […]

Sixer’s Scunthorpe Sevens. Sunderland ironed flat


Pete Sixsmith sent a bonfire night seven word text concerning the probability that we wouldn’t be making a trip to […]

Not quite viral (2): a small world mourns Salut! Sunderland’s demise

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Monsieur Salut writes: as the world now knows, Salut! Sunderland’s days are numbered. If you missed the news, it’s here: […]

Not quite viral (1): a social media world reacts to Salut! Sunderland’s doom

Jake: 'why not, with so many players with SAFC connections in Russia?'

    Another of Monsieur Salut’s messages: news of our imminent demise has touched a nerve. Plenty of people have […]

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