STATS: Sunderland vs Arsenal – Fastest players, hardest workers, most shots

Sunderland v Arsenal, Saturday 15:00   – A Craig Gardner penalty was not enough for Sunderland as they fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Reading last weekend.   – Defender John O’Shea continues to display the composure in defence that made him a stalwart at Old Trafford for so many years. He leads the Sunderland […]

In-depth player stats: Sunderland vs Swansea

Sunderland v Swansea, 19:45   Two goals from Steven Fletcher and a penalty from Craig Gardner helped Sunderland battle to a 3-2 win over Wigan in their last league game.   Gardner’s goal was just his third of the season, despite having had 39 shots at goal this season with 61.4% on target. Gardner has […]

Sunderland out of the cup after Bolton defeat

Ruby Tuesday. Had Sunderland won last night, that 40th anniversary cup  run would still have been on – if only until the visit of Everton that  won’t now be needed. An abysmal display against Bolton Wanderers,  watched by a paltry crowd of 17,500 including our own, occasionally  rejoicing but less occasionally suffering Pete Sixsmith, must […]

In-depth player stats: Sunderland vs Tottenham Hotspur

Sunderland v Tottenham, Saturday 12:45   Former Manchester City man Adam Johnson scored a sensational winner against his old club to give Sunderland a 1-0 win over the reigning champions on Boxing Day.  That followed the same scoreline against Southampton before Christmas, courtesy of a Steven Fletcher goal.   Fletcher is returning to the form […]

Fonte’s interceptions for Southampton vs McClean’s hard work for Sunderland

Southampton v Sunderland             15:00   – Southampton’s last fixture on the 8th December saw them grab a 1-0 over fellow strugglers Reading thanks to a second half Jason Puncheon goal. The Saints created more than enough chances to extend the scoreline even further and Nigel Adkins will be looking for more ruthlessness in front of […]

Sunderland fan’s grim fairytale afternoon at Manchester United

Malcolm Dawson writes: It’s the pantomime season and Sunderland’s defenders had obviously rehearsed long and hard as they totally ignored the cries of “he’s behind you” that echoed around Old Trafford throughout the afternoon. It was difficult to decide whether it was Bramble, Cuellar or O’Shea who was playing the back end of the pantomime […]

Manchester United fan on Sunderland’s Poznan

In the league table of human wickedness, the Poznan mockery by Sunderland supporters – after Manchester United lost the title in extraordinary fashion despite beating us on the final day – is some way lower than Inquisition, the Holocaust and 9/11. It’s not even as bad as singing ‘you’re s**** and you know you are’. […]

The beginnings of a Sunderland revival or papering over the cracks?

Malcolm Dawson writes … It was cold last night at the Stadium of Light, when Reading came into town. It began like a dream, when our own James McClean put the visiting side one nil down. After such a great start, the defence played their part and Mignolet seldom looked troubled. Before very long, with […]

Sunderland vs Chelsea – Johnson’s crosses vs Cole’s tackles

Sunderland v Chelsea – 15:00   – A solitary Craig Gardner goal will have provided scant consolation for Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland, on a day when they created plenty of chances but just couldn’t find their killer instinct in front of goal. The 2-1 defeat now leaves them precariously placed just above the drop zone, something […]

Getting a bit depressing for Sunderland fans now…

Peter Sixsmith has been watching Sunderland since the days of Cec Irwin and Ambrose Fogarty. In that time he has witnessed some dross and he now adds Tuesday’s visit of the Premier League’s bottom side to that collection. Much of the pre-match speculation was about the effect Harry Redknapp would have on the game but […]

STATS: Fletcher’s accuracy for Sunderland vs Granero’s crossing for QPR

Sunderland vs. QPR (19:45)   Both sides will have something to prove heading into this tie, with new R’s boss Harry Redknapp hoping to weather the Black Cats’ determination to bounce back from a loss on Saturday.  There is plenty of reason for Sunderland fans to be cheerful despite the result, and they’ll have high […]

Sunderland don’t need a new manager…

Malcolm Dawson writes….: There are times when I question the logic of spending good money going to football. Yes there are times when the team puts in a performance that lifts the heart, when a close game or a dramatic fightback creates a tension that gets the pulse racing, when a back to the wall […]

STATS: Mignolet’s top saves for Sunderland vs Lukaku’s sharp shooting for West Brom

Sunderland vs. West Brom (12:45)   Martin O’Neill has called for calm at Sunderland after a mediocre opening twelve league games, rightly pointing out that his side are playing at home in four of their next five outings.  Fans will be hoping Sunday’s convincing win at Fulham will be a springboard to better form, with […]

GIFS: Goal of the week – Suarez? Bale? Sessegnon?

By Far The Greatest…Goal of the Week (12) The Premier League threw up its usual amount of excitement and quality again last weekend. 1. Gareth Bale v Arsenal 2. Anthony Pilkington v Manchester United 3. Luis Suarez v Wigan Athletic 4. Stephane Sessegnon v Fulham 5. Jason Puncheon v QPR

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