Sixer’s Sevens: Blackburn Rovers 2 Sunderland 0. Dire, Lads

Here 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.

Did we seriously look at any stage of this awful game as if we might win or even draw. It was a frankly dreadful first half, comfortably the worst Sixer could recall being subject to all season. Monsieur Salut watched a stop-start internet stream to his French bunker until he could bear no more and retreated to the safe two pairs of hands, owned by Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett.

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Bennett was chuffed to be drawing at half time; he thought the best that could be said was that having failed to string two passes together for 45 minutes, we could be no worse in the second half. I had a stream again after the interval and we weren’t worse as it happens, but nor were we good enough to stop Rovers scoring.

Finally we started playing. Bendtner might have been sharper to a McClean cross and Ji, on as a substitute, missed an open goal Sixer or I would have buried, at any rate 30 years ago. For a few minutes, we looked as if a goal might be within our grasp; then we stopped playing again and Rovers scored again. “Two down and hopeless,” Pete texted from Ewood Park.

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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 of one who is usually there …

March 20 2012 Blackburn Rovers (0) 2 SAFC (0) 0 Very disappointing. We looked tired and uninterested

March 17 2012 FA Cup 46h round: Everton (1) 1 SAFC (1) 1 Started well, on top but pushed back

March 10 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Liverpool (0) 0 Better by far than an average Liverpool

March 4 2012 Newcastle United (0) 1 SAFC (1) 1Players gave everything and deserved to win

Feb 25 2012 West Bromwich Albion (2) 4 SAFC (0) 0 Baggies better by far as bubble bursts

Feb 18 2012 FA CUP 5th round: SAFC (1) 2 Arsenal (0) A wonderfully gritty performance brings deserved victory

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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 …

3 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: Blackburn Rovers 2 Sunderland 0. Dire, Lads”

  1. Players tired, dreadful passing, after 20 minutes I thought this was going to be WBA all over again, although Blackburn didn’t show their guile they did enough to win.

    Some worrying stastics from the game:

    Shots on Goal BB = 16, SAFC = 2
    Shots on Target BB = 9, SAFC = 0

    No cutting edge and taking into account injuries and suspensions not a lot on the bench capable of turning a game (no disrespect intended to Gordon, Meyler or Colback):

    01 Gordon
    12 Kilgallon
    14 Colback
    18 Meyler
    27 Elmohamady
    10 Wickham
    17 Ji Dong-Won

    Emphasises that we need MON own stamp on the squad makeup in the summer. BUT crucially with Bendtner not staying we need at least two forwards capable of holding up play and bringing people into the game, neither Bendtner or Campbell have been doing that.

    Campbell probably just needs a rest, but there are not any realistic contenders on the bench, Ji and Wickham are still too light weight. The team clicks around Sess, but we can’t rely for a whole season on one player.

    A game best forgot and will be with Sess and Cattermole back for the Cup game, victory there and all will be roses again.

  2. Fraizer did nothing but give the ball away for the first 30 minutes. Bendtner jumped a yard ahead of any ball coming in the air his way. Wayne Bridge was our best player in the first half.

    I think they did not want to risk getting injured, as no one put in any kind of performance.

    Personally, at 30 minutes I would have brought Ji on for Campbell, he was rubbish tonight. If I was manager, I would drop him.

    We were a threat all game down the left, but not a thing down the right. Maybe I would have subbed Gardner for Colback at half time too as Gardner had no cut in the middle of the pitch and we seemed to be missing that biting midfielder in front of the defence (aka the suspended Clattermole).

    They seem to have their heads on the FA Cup replay. It was there tonight to build on, and get a result. But, nothing happened. Blackburn found passes when passing into a 5 man group, 3 of which were ours. We did not get going at all, worst game of MON’s reign.

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