Pete Sixsmith knows no rest. No sooner had he left his seat in the East Stand after yesterday’s scintillating game than The Observer came on the phone for a verdict . As usual, we include the opposing supporter’s appraisal too …
THE FANS’ PLAYER RATINGS AND VERDICT
PETE SIXSMITH, SalutSunderland.com
A wonderful game of football, by far the best at home this season. We deserved to win and it could have been 6-1. There were several strong performances and our young midfield trio of Cattermole, Henderson and Meyler showed great promise. Spurs played their part in a game that would have had the neutrals purring, but which had me going through all possible emotions: ecstasy, frustration, fear and finally joy. Safety is now assured and Bruce has a solid spine of Gordon, Turner, Cattermole and Bent to build on. Spurs seemed to have next week on their mind and I don’t think they will finish fourth.
The fan’s player ratings Gordon 9; Ferdinand 7, Turner 9, Da Silva 8, Richardson 8; Malbranque 8 (Zenden 78 7), Meyler 7, Cattermole 7; Henderson 8, Campbell 8 (Bardsley 89 n/a), Bent 7 (Jones 78 7)
DAVE MASON, Observer reader
The back four was awful without Dawson. We were completely without organisation and leadership on the pitch in the first half. We then had an example of what an infantile idiot Bent is. All he had to do was poke the ball over the line – perhaps Harry’s wife could have scored just as easily. We had all the hand signals from him, the ‘yap, yap, yap’. Pathetic. We got outfought but we were a bit better when we made changes at half-time. Assou-Ekotto and Bentley were awful but Crouch made a difference. It looked more like a battle for seventh than fourth. The season rests on our next three games in six days.
The fan’s player ratings Gomes 7; Walker 6, Bassong 5, Kaboul 4, Assou-Ekotto 3 (Kranjcar ht 5); Bentley 3 (Defoe ht 6), Modric 6, Palacios 6; Bale 5, Pavlyuchenko 4 (Crouch 71 6), Gudjohnsen 4