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December 10, 2019

December 10, 2019

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December 8, 2019

You could probably have heard the cries of disbelief emanating from the Past and Present beer garden in Gillingham when the team selection was made public. I’m sorry, Parky, but to remove the single element of pace from your team, Hume, in favour of a slogger (De Bock) just baffled me, and the subsequent formation never, a five minute spell early in the second half apart, looked like trou...

November 27, 2019

Really, where do I start with this one? More importantly, where does the club finish with it? Holding the lead for barely sixty seconds following McGeady’s successful penalty conversion on nineteen minutes, we let in a second after the break to fall victim to a Burton side who simply cannot be described as anything but straightforward and effective.

We can moan all we want about their prop...

November 23, 2019

After a few weeks in which the loyalty of the Sunderland faithful has been stretched as taut as Neil Ruddock’s waistband, we welcomed (well, not really) Coventry, desperate not to reprise last season’s nine-goal nonsense, and player our part in a thoroughly dismal game, brightened only by the odd flash of mediocrity. A late equaliser from late sub Benji Kimpioka got us a point we just abo...

November 20, 2019

On the plus side, it could have been worse. It could have gone to penalties. On the minus side, we crashed out of a third cup competition in as many weeks, thus missing out on a glamour home tie with Doncaster. And we were utterly devoid of invention, losing 1-0 in extra time to a Gillingham side who were little better than us in a thoroughly uninspiring game.

It’s a long and awkward journ...

November 13, 2019

If you’re bothering to read this, well done – but you’re not going to find any answers to why we’re in the run of form we find ourselves in. Somehow, Sunderland managed to fail to match the apparent skill level, organisation, and application of a team towards the arse end of the fourth division and lose by three goals to nil. Our draw on Saturday lead to a draw for the next round that is...