What is it about Sunderland? That’s what poor old Nick Barnes was asking on BBC Radio Newcastle just before he spilt tea down Simon Pryde’s back. Other teams put out much-changed teams for the Capital One Cup and still romp to victory against lower league opponents. Sunderland fail, even against other weakened sides. At half time, Pete Sixsmith was beside himself with barely suppressed rage: “We will do well to win a game this season.” Listening to Barnes and Benno, I wondered whether even Messi would struggle to succeed in our colours. Then, after 75 appalling, embarrassing minutes for any Sunderland supporter, 0-2 was suddenly 1-2, 2-2, 3-2 and finally 4-2. Exciting stuff, albeit only at the end. And PDC still has plenty to ponder. But credit to Connor Wickham for his two-goal burst, to Jozy Altidore for breaking his duck to start the late comeback and to Adam Johnson for a cracking fourth. Was Pete impressed? Read on. This is the place to find his instant seven-word verdicts on the many games he attends …
August 27 2013 Capital One Cup 2nd Round: SAFC (0) 4 MK Dons (1) 2
Outplayed, outclassed, somehow got out of jail
August 24 2013 Southampton (0) 1 SAFC (1) 1
The point was better than the performance
August 17 2013 SAFC (0) 0 Fulham (0) 1 Ultimately little difference from previous two seasons
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