This is where Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day or two.
Today, we needed a big performance. Five minutes into the game, we needed a miracle and Steve Bruce, watching his team slump to 0-2, must have been contemplating life after the Stadium of Light. Then Bendtner and, of all people, the much-criticised Elmohamady got us level and the skies seemed just a little brighter. If few of us would have settled for a draw before the game, disaster was at least averted. Two points were still dropped and it may not be enough.
The full Sixer’s Sevens archive – see link below – sums up what all Sunderland supporters feel, from darkest gloom to sublime elation, in the words one who is usually there …
Oct 1 2011 SAFC (2) 2 West Bromwich Albion (2) 2 Deserved point after a truly horrendous start
Sept 26 2011 Norwich City (1) 2 SAFC (0) 1 Absolutely no positives to take from this
Sept 18 2011 SAFC 4 (3) Stoke City (0) 0 What a difference the right selection makes
Sept 10 2011 SAFC (0) 1 Chelsea (1) 2 Comical defending hands Chelsea their regulation win
Aug 27 2011 Swansea City (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Uninspiring game. Both teams look like strugglers
Aug 23 2011 Carling Cup 2nd Round: Brighton & Hove Albion (0) 1 SAFC (0) 0 Abysmal team selection got what it deserved
Aug 20 2011 SAFC (0) 0 Newcastle United (0) 1 Totally outfought in dismal second half display
Aug 13 2011 Liverpool (1) 1 SAFC (0) 1 Came back well, better side second half
To see Sixer’s Sevens in full, click here. If an asterisk precedes the comment, the words that follow are the work of someone else because Pete is for once absent from the game or his verdict has been delayed …
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