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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Manchester United 2. Great start, scripted finish

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At half-time, as Sunderland unexpectedly but deservedly led Manchester United one-nil after a thrilling move on the right saw Craig Gardner fire home, Pete Sixsmith‘s text combined pride and apprehension: ‘Tremendous first half. Can we hold on?’ It’s a question we tend to know the answer to. By the 62nd minute, we were 2-1 behind […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Liverpool 3 – Webb’s less than wonderful

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Howard Webb has often had Monsieur Salut’s support when others would have lynched him. But he really does have a poor record against Sunderland, that astonishing penalty Steven Taylor conned him into awarding at St James’ Park, the non-existent foul on Leon Osman that gave Everton a penalty equaliser … Today, Sunderland’s defending was woeful […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 2 Peterborough United 0. Job done, bravo Bally

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At half time, Pete Sixsmith, custodian of the seven-word matchday verdicts that appear here as Sixer’s Sevens, was down to five words: ‘competent enough against modest opposition.’ After two misses, Emanuele Giaccherini had scored with a clinical half-volley from a fine Lee Cattermole cross. All the players celebrated, which Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett interpreted […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: West Bromwich Albion 3 (1) – Sunderland 0 (0): Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse…

John McCormick writes: After last week’s second half I was hopeful of at least a point but on a day when four ex-Sunderland players scored none of the current ones did. Texts from Pete during the match painted a depressing picture, and that was before Fletch smashed his shoulder. Pete’s first “seven” was “Pathetic: a […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Arsenal 3. Thanks to Martin Atkinson’s double howler

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Another defeat lands us bottom of the league. The result was hardly unexpected and Arsenal were unquestionably the better team. But the match turned on Martin Atkinson’s double howler, failing to play advantage to allow Jozy Altidore’s equaliser at 1-2 to stand or, alternatively, sending off Sagna for committing the foul as last defender. The […]

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Sixer’s Sevens Crystal Palace 3 SAFC 1: no honours at the Palace

Jake pins Sixer to the wall

Sessegnon’s drinking spree and Altodore’s hamstring provided both Ji and Wickham with the opportunity to silence their doubters at Selhurst Park. This and another poor first half performance saw an early return to action for Steven Fletcher. He scored of course, but to no avail. As is usual Peter Sixsmith sums up our day in […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 4 MK Dons 2. Where did that come from?

Jake says Pete is the star man

What is it about Sunderland? That’s what poor old Nick Barnes was asking on BBC Radio Newcastle just before he spilt tea down Simon Pryde’s back. Other teams put out much-changed teams for the Capital One Cup and still romp to victory against lower league opponents. Sunderland fail, even against other weakened sides. At half […]

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Sixers’ Sevens: Southampton 1 SAFC 1 – so close to a snatched win

Jake says Pete is the star man

This is the slot for Pete Sixmsith‘s instant verdicts on the great many Sunderland games he attends. An early lead from Emanuele Giaccherini’s header must have given Sixer hope that his pre-match pessimism was unwarranted. But 87 minutes of normal time, plus the extras, is an awful long time to defend a slender advantage. With […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Fulham 1. A rotten start

Jake says Pete is the star man

This is where you will always find Pete Sixmsith‘s instant verdicts on Sunderland games. Today’s? We produced plenty of bluster, a few decent touches and virtually no serious chances. Fulham had one attempt on goal, from their first corner, and took it. Don’t worry – unless you’ve already seen the seven home games to come. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0 Manchester City 1 – City edge Sunderland in pre-season workout

Jake gives Sixer star billing

With Peter Sixsmith off to Bonnie Scotland for a Ramsden’s Cup game, it falls to Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson to get off the subs’ bench and give us his seven word verdict on the final of the Hong Kong based Barclay’s Asia Trophy. (more…)

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Sunderland vs Rotherham United. A big game, make it a big result for SAFC

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A good result at Accrington Stanley propelled Sunderland back into the top six. Isn’t the mark of a successful side […]

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News Now does not appear to be picking up many of our recent posts, including Peter Sixsmith’s latest report from […]

Sixer’s Accrington Stanley Soapbox:Wham! Bam! Thank you Stan!

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Malcolm Dawson writes……what a contrast between yesterday and my previous visit to The Wham Stadium. Less than twelve months ago […]

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Pete Sixsmith gives us value for money on yet another trip across the Pennines. He sent a pre-match text telling […]

The Brexit Debate. Today: the not so good Europeans of Sunderland AFC

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..with the seemingly never ending issue of Brexit, the prorogation of Parliament and the confusing and contradictory outpourings […]

The Brexit issue: The good and not so good Europeans of Sunderland AFC

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Malcolm Dawson writes…..I was 19 when I was first able to vote in a General Election. Sunderland were the holders […]

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