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Sixer’s Sevens: Singing in the Rain as Depression hits Derby.

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John McCormick writes: I watched the opening game of the season at a pub in the Lakes and thought we did OK. I watched this at home, courtesy of Will’s Sky-linked tablet. As the match opened I thought we didn’t look as good as we did in August and that Derby were well organised, which […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that was before Jake Clarke-Salter got himself sent off for the second time in an hour of playing. Pete Sixsmith sat through the debacle and his match report will let us know how bad it got.  […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: QPR get one against 10 men as we unbolt the trapdoor ourselves

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Could we have got something from this game? I thought so, but Bob Chapman’s report will give a more accurate picture than the SAFC website and that won’t arrive until tomorrow. Bob will be reporting in the Place of  Pete Sixsmith, who decided against a trip to Loftus Road. Even so, it was Pete who forwarded […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Aston Villa rebuilt, SAFC not even a work in progress

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Pete Sixsmith was there and we’ll have his full report tomorrow. For now we have a choice of three seven-word texts, sent at various times during the game. At 8.36 pm “Coffin lid on. Justwaiting for nails” At 9.23pm “Undoubtedly the worst performance I have seen” And at the final whistle: (more…)

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Sixer’s Sevens: Millwall expected to win, we needed to. An underwhelming draw

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Pete Sixsmith wasn’t travelling to this match and what appears here is likely to be a joint effort with John McCormick, Pete Sixsmith and Monsieur Salut – all from afar – and maybe Bob Chapman from the Den all chipping in. As M Salut writes, Sunderland’s failure to respond to Millwall’s second half pressure after taking […]

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Sixer’s sevens: Middlesbrough take one point. Do our players get another?

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We were 1-0 up when I started setting this up, just after half time. By the time I’d got the page ready for Pete Sixsmith we were 1-2 down, with the second being a Grant Leadbitter penalty. Could we overcome being struck by the curse of the former player? Yes and no. Yes because we scored […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 SAFC. Rock bottom again

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The latest defeat in a sorry season does not, of course, send us down again just yet. It does put us bottom as Burton won and it does make relegation even more probable than it was. Sunderland appear from messages seen from the Macron stadium to have put in plenty of bustle but with the […]

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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 is a typical League One club worth? Surely someone wants  to buy and turn this  club around. Pete Sixsmith sent an e-mail not long before the kick-off. It included the phrase “sorry team for today”. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Bristol City 3-3 Sunderland. Suddenly fit to wear the shirt

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Monsieur Salut writes: John McCormick, setting up this week’s Sixer’s Sevens, wrote: ‘We might not be expecting a result at Ashton Gate but we should expect something from our team.  Commitment, pride, maybe even a modicum of skill. And hopefully a structure that works and which will provide a framework for a climb out of […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Ipswich double tells us a hard truth

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John McCormick writes: It’s half time and we’re 2-0 down in our first game after the closure of the transfer window. I blame Ellis Short. I’ve previously supported him as a good thing; now I think he’s tearing the heart from the club. Pete Sixsmith’s seven word text, sent immediately as the game ended – […]

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Sixer’s Soapbox. Bolton Wanderers 1, Sunderland 1. Why am I not surprised?

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John McCormick writes: Two seasons ago I was at Bolton to witness a torrid game, where we could not neither […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Bolton Wanderers and grand larceny of the highest order

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Malcolm Dawson writes: However you look at it, this was a poor day in Lancashire. Gary Bennett was not happy. […]

Benefactors or men with a motive as a takeover looms?

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Malcolm Dawson writes…….I am due to fly to Venice soon but my flights are booked with Ryanair, whose pilots have […]

Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland. Wanted: another winning trip across the Pennines

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Just for fun, we have taken to saying about our regular slot inviting readers to predict Sunderland scorelines, says Monsieur […]

Should’ve, Could’ve, Might’ve: Sunderland v Rotherham from sublime to ridiculous

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..others I know will not share my opinions, but as I’ve got older I believe I have developed […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rotherham earn a point as Sunderland miss a penalty.

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It was almost half-time when I realised Pete Sixsmith had not checked in from the Stadium of Light. That’s almost […]

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