After the attempts of the hackers to prevent you seeing Pete Sixsmith’s seven word assessment we are back up and running thanks to the techie wizards. Unfortunately there was a lack of wizardry on the pitch and despite taking a first half lead the Lads just couldn’t do enough to earn a point. Pete’s summation.
Dec 29 2012 SAFC (1) 1 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 2 Nearly a draw but not quite there
Dec 26 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Manchester City (0) 0 What a wonderful way to spend Boxing Day
Dec 23 2012 Southampton (0) 0 SAFC (1) 1 Jingle bells, jingle bells, Sunderland win away <
Dec 16 2012 Manchester United (2) 3 SAFC (0) 1 Dismal first half defending cost us dear
Dec 11 2012 SAFC (2) 3 Reading (0) 0 Just a comfortable win against poor oppositon
Dec 8 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Chelsea (2) 3 Far better performance than the scoreline suggests
Dec 2 2012 Norwich City (2) 2 SAFC (1) 1 Took too long to get into game.
And read Monsieur Salut at ESPN: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/710?cc=5739
Nov 27 2012 SAFC (0) 0 Queens Park Rangers (0) 0 Won’t see a poorer game all season
Nov 23 2012 SAFC (0) 2 West Bromwich Albion (2) 4 Ridiculous scoreline but too many basic errors
Nov 18 2012 Fulham 1 (0) SAFC 3 (0) Good goals, better performance, 3 important points
Nov 10 2012 Everton (0) 2 SAFC (1) 1 Chances created, which is progress. Much better
Nov 3 2012 SAFC 0 (0) Aston Villa 1 (0) Another abject performance. A long winter looms
Oct 30 2012 Capital One Cup Fourth Round: SAFC 0 (0) Middlesbrough 1 (1) Plan B even worse than plan A
Oct 27 2012 Stoke City (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Don’t bother with MoTD: a real stinker
Oct 21 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Newcastle United (1) 1 Got out of jail. Just about deserved
Oct 6 2012 Manchester City (1) 3 SAFC (0) 0 Never gave up but City simply better.
Sept 29 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Wigan Athletic (0) 0 Scrappy performance but a win’s a win
Sept 25 2012 Capital One Cup 3rd Round: MK Dons (0) 0 SAFC (0) 2 Second goal settles nerves for comfortable win
Sept 22 2012 West Ham United (0) 1 SAFC (1) 1 Need to be more positive when ahead
Sept 15 2012 SAFC (1) Liverpool (0) 1 More than happy to take a point
Sept 1 2012 Swansea City (1) 2 SAFC (2) 2 *Lack of ambition against 10 cost points
Aug 28 2012 Capital One Cup Round 2: SAFC (1) 2 Morecambe (0) 0 Shrimps potted as we stroll to victory
Aug 18 2012 Arsenal (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Gritty, determined and a well earned point
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9 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2: Cats fail to hold on as Spurs fight back”
He’d have found himself on the corner outside The Wheatsheaf if Gardner had shoulder charged him.
Can you imagine what he’d do if he ever found himself on the receiving end of a good old-fashioned shoulder charge?
As practised at Roker Park by the legend that is Joe Bolton. Opposing players used to end up on the cinder track, now they fall on nice soft grass.
Or indeed, by the late, great Jim McNab, who was not averse to flattening the occasional ambitious intruder.
This is one of the most unwelcome things in modern football Jake. We are facing the risk that all physical contact is considered a foul these days. Bale looks to make every example of “contact” into a foul as you correctly say. He should realise that a player of his ability has not need to do so. Had he continued on his charge past Gardner it would have been a thing of beauty, whereas he dive has garnered comments for the shame it is.
This is highlighted by so called pundits like Alan Hansen who argued again on MOTD that if there is any contact the player should go down.
Last week in the Arsenal v Wigan game he said that a) Walcott was “entitled” to go down because of minimal contact. He also said that whilst a Wigan player (Kone maybe?) would earn plaudits because he didn’t go over in the box he felt that his team mates would question his “professionalism” because he stayed on his feet.
But if Bale’s fall was worth a booking why wasn’t Defoe’s?
“People think I’m diving when there’s contact,” said the Welshman, who fell when challenged by Sunderland’s Craig Gardner in the penalty area after 80 minutes at the Stadium of Light.
“If there’s contact it’s a penalty or free-kick”
NO IT’S NOT YOU SOFT GET! If you’re impeded it’s a foul, if somebody merely makes contact with you it’s not.
Shame about the o.g. but these things happen. Even bigger shame about Gareth Bale doing a double back somersault in the pike position but these things happen, too. All the time. The bugger really should have been on the British Olympic team. But at least the ref caught it and he’ll be out for a couple of games. Don’t suppose he’ll learn from that, though.
Beaten by the better, stronger and faster team today. What is worrying is that we didn’t make Lloris into a save after we had scored. No real craft to open their defence and yet another wasteful performance from Johnson who increasingly looks like a terrible waste of money. He looks half interested at best for most of the time.
Simon Mignolet was magnificent yet again, and of note was the recovery to save Cuelllar’s blushes by preventing Adebayor having a clear shot on goal from point blank range. It was one of the best examples of top notch goalkeeping that you will ever see, without actually making the save. He forced Adebayor into lifting the ball high on to the bar. An astonishing piece of goalkeeping which will probably not get the same attention his point blank save from Defoe which was also breathtaking stuff.
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