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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 2 Fulham 2. From brink of disaster to salvation

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. Thirty-five minutes in, we were stumbling towards a dreadful defeat, a combination of Craig Gardner’s weakness for giving away penalties and atrocious defending of a counter-break. Fortunately, Gardner can bang them in from the spot as well and did […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 3 Manchester City 1 – best match seen at Roker Park?

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This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. That, in this 40th anniversary year, includes the latter stages of the FA Cup run that ended woith triumph over Leeds United at Wembley. Pete can do so from the privileged position of being old mature enough to have […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: West Brom 2 SAFC 1 – another late rally falls short

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. Monsieur Salut, driving through the Burgundy snow, received goal updates (or two of them; the text telling me of the bizarre second for WBA must have gone astray) and his one-word verdict – “Lost” – but not the Seven. […]

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Sixer’s Sevens – Sunderland 0 Arsenal 1: plenty of effort but no points

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. When he cannot make it, a supersub steps in and his (or her) seven-word summing-up is preceded by an asterisk. Today he witnessed Shildon march ever closer to Wembley and left it to Deputy Editor Malcolm Dawson to step […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Reading FC 2 SAFC 1 – Not quite managing the teamwork

This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. When he cannot make it, a supersub steps in and his (or her) seven-word summing-up is preceded by an asterisk. Today he gives his verdict on a game where should have fancied our chances even though Reading are resurgent […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Swansea City 0 – Sometimes it’s good to take the point

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This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. When he cannot make it, a supersub steps in and his (or her) seven-word summing-up is preceded by an asterisk. This week the supersub happens to be John Mac, until such time as Pete’s actual text reaches John’s phone, […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Wigan Athletic 2 SAFC 3 – backs-to-wall triumph

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This is where Pete Sixsmith records his instant verdict, in seven words, on each Sunderland game. When he cannot make it, a supersub steps in and his (or her) seven-word summing-up is preceded by an asterisk. Today, Sunderland overcame an early setback to take a commanding 3-1 lead at Wigan only to waste chances in […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0 Bolton 2 – from premature ecstasy to familiar misery

Did we allow ourselves to be carried away by a good display against woeful opposition? Or was this just a dreadful day at the office of the kind most people in regular employment have suffered? Either way, Bolton Wanderers – a team with reason to be more concerned about the league – came, saw the […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Bolton 2 Sunderland 2 – Gardner keeps the anniversary dream alive

Pete Sixsmith was playing truant again today, for the unusual – for him – reason of a family commitment, a relative’s 90th birthday if Monsieur Salut remembers correctly. What he missed at the Reebok, and Bob Chapman saw in his place, was a familiar tale: worrying injuries (Rose and Cuellar) and a self-inflicted mountain to […]

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Sixer’s Sevens: Liverpool 3 SAFC 0. ‘Painful to watch’, says Sunderland stalwart

Jake: 'Ha'way the Lads at Anfield - with or without beachball'

Pete Sixsmith has witnessed some embarrassing Sunderland performances over the decades. This must be down there with the worst of them, a five or six-goal thrashing dressed up as a mere 3-0 romp. Yet we missed two or three chances, too. The quote in the headline comes from Gary Bennett, summarising on BBC Radio Newcastle; […]

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Sunderland: a good one to win from ninth place

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At first glance, the League one table makes for depressing perusal. Sunderland and down to ninth and are now eight […]

Ross In. A dignified but incisive valedictory: ‘I leave with head held high’

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

A lot of Salut! Sunderland readers go nowhere near Twitter and as one who spends far too much time there, […]

Sunderland’s lengthening list of promotion rivals: Ipswich, plus Rotherham, Peterborough, Portsmouth and Doncaster (or Wycombe, Fleetwood, Blackpool and Coventry)

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Another weekend without football, another weekend providing space to keep our readers – and pundits – up to date with […]

Sixer’s Grimsby Town Soapbox: never too early to start up the buses for Wembley

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I was busy last night with what laughingly passes for the only work I do since retirement. Laughingly, […]

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