Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Liverpool 0. The magic endures

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.

This was a terrific win for Martin O’Neill’s resurgent team; a goal from Nicklas Bendtner on an eventful afternoon for him – he was later stretchered off and we wish him well – sealed it. At half-time, Monsieur Salut – adrift from the action in France – heard from the Stadium of Light (Pete) that there was not much going on and from Spain (Jake) that we were doing well. Then came the second half, the goal and – said Gary Bennett when M Salut finally located some live commentary – fully deserved victory.

Jake captures the moment

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 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

Feb 11 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Arsenal (0) 2 Played well but undone by goalkeeping errors

Feb 8 2012 FA Cup 4th round replay: Middlesbrough (0) 1 SAFC (1) 2 Quality came through in rousing cup tie

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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 …

7 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Liverpool 0. The magic endures”

  1. Bendytoy had pulled his pluck out in the last couple of weeks Phil. He must have heard that Bayern Munich are after him.

    He’s had a couple of decent games under his belt and has really looked the part. Prior to that, lets not Munchen it.

    Prior to that he has been extremely poor. Any news on his injury?

  2. Can I be the first to say that I thought NB was superb today?

    Always an available outlet, who made the ball “stick” then laid it off well, in addition to displaying what (I think) we have all been crying out for – namely, to display a “poachers” instinct.

    Earlier on in his SAFC career I thought that most of the criticism levelled at him was more than justified but, since his return against Newcastle, I think he has displayed the qualaties he,seemingly, believed he has, always, possessed.

    Whether his motivations for doing so now are based upon the fear that he could be sent back to Arsenal, with his tail between his legs, thus (probably) ending any interest in him from any European side of any standing, or if he has decided to attempt to earn a permanent deal, at SAFC, I have no idea.

    Long, though, may his performances be at his recent levels because it can only benefit all concerned.

  3. How about… “Aw, bless…win makes bitter Geordie cry…”

    Great performance. Clean sheet never in doubt.

    Proud to be an SAFC fan, and eating humble pie for ever defending Bruce (who I now see is a madman). Could have so easily made the next few games even more nervy without today’s result, but the lads stod tall again without two key players.

    Damn…there’ll be a crying Mackem in a minute…

    KTF! FTM!

    • Though we can give Bruce credit for bringing in these players. Gardner, Larsson, Vaughan, NB, O’Shea all excellent today. Very proud of the lads.

    • Well it isn’t really, I’m just trying to wind people up. It’s still a long way off the capacity of SoL though. Whenever Sunderland play at home there ALWAYS seems to be a LOT of empty seats, maybe your ground is just too big for such a small club!

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