Sixer’s Sevens: Alsonso walks as Norwich widen the gap

Pete Sixsmith: seven words, no more, no less
Pete Sixsmith: seven words, no more, no less

John McCormick writes: M Salut is away from his desk this weekend so I’ll be doing what I can to keep you all up to speed, with help from Malcolm when he can. If you haven’t previously posted your comment will be held for moderation but as long as there are no profanities or foul language it will go up eventually. “Profanities and foul language on this site? surely not” you might think until, perhaps, you’ve read Pete Sixsmith‘s account of this crucial match and before that his seven word verdict, sent by text on the final whistle.

March 22 Norwich (2) 2 Sunderland (0) 0 Relegation beckons after yet another shocking performance

Jake: the gloom just got gloomier
Jake: the gloom just got gloomier

March 15 Sunderland (0) 0 Crystal Palace (0) 0 Lack of creativity cost us yet again

March 9 FA Cup Sixth Round: Hull City 3 (0) SAFC (0) 0 Errors like these will see us relegated

March 2 2014 Sunderland 1 (1) Manchester City (0) 3 A cruel result. Proud of the team

Feb 22nd 2014 Arsenal 4 (3) Sunderland 1 (0) Absolutely dreadful performance. No positives at all.

Feb 15th 2014 FA Cup Round 5 Sunderland (0) 1 Southampton (0) 0 Wembley twice? Why not? Deserved to win.

Feb 8 2014 Sunderland (0) 0 Hull City (1) 2 Brilliant at shooting ourselves in the foot.

Feb 1 2014 Newcastle United (0) Sunderland (2) 3 #1 Wonderful performance from Mannone through to Borini #2 A bad night for Tyneside’s equine population

Jan 29 2014SAFC (1) 1 Stoke City (0) 0 Unconvincing and barely deserved against 10 men

Jan 25 2014 FA Cup 4th Round: SAFC (1) 1 Kidderminster Harriers (0) 0 Won – that’s all there is to say.

Jan 22 2014 Capital One Cup semifinal second leg. AET: Manchester United (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 1 SAFC WIN 2-1 ON PENALTIES: Oh Vito Mannone. Oh Vito Mannone. Hero.

Jan 11 2014 Fulham (0) 1 Sunderland (2) 4: : *Johnson hatrick destroys Fulham in winter sunshine

Jan 7 2014 Capital One Cup Semi-final First Leg: Sunderland (1) 2 Manchester United (0) 1 : Deserved it. Shows what we can do

Jan 5 2014 FA Cup 3rd Round: Sunderland (1) 3 Carlisle Utd (1) 1 : Comfortable in the end. Two youngsters sparkled

January 1 2014 Sunderland (0) 0 Aston Villa (1) 1 : Dismal as our Premier place slips away


December 28 2013 Cardiff City (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 2 : Dragged a vital point out of that

December 26 2013 Everton (0) 0 Sunderland (1) 1 Hung on after interval but massive result

December 21 2013 SAFC (0) 0 Norwich City (0) 0 As stodgy as last year’s Christmas pud

December 17 2013 Capital One Cup 5th Round: SAFC (0) 2 Chelsea (0) 1 AET Ki seals comeback; didn’t see that coming

December 14 2013 West Ham Utd (0) 0 Sunderland (0) 0 Better side by miles – couldn’t finish it

December 8 2013 SAFC (1) 1 Tottenham Hotspur (1) 2 Score flatters us as task gets harder

December 4 2013 SAFC (1) 3 Chelsea (2) 4 Pushed a strong side all the way

November 30 2013 Aston Villa (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 *Villa almost undone by cream soda performance

November 23 2013 Stoke City (1) 2 SAFC (0) 0 Ridiculous red gave us an impossible task

November 10 2013 SAFC (1) 1 Manchester City (0) 0 A wonderfully disciplined performance. Real hope now

November 6 2013 Capital One Cup 4th Round: SAFC (0) 2 Southampton (0) 1 A tidy second half brings Wembley closer

November 2 2013 Hull City (1) SAFC (0) Damage limitation after appalling first half performance

October 27 2013 SAFC (1) 2 Newcastle United (0) 1 Bragging rights and a win. Good combination/ or Perfect Poyet puts another one over Pardew

October 19 2013 Swansea City 4 (0) SAFC 0 (0) No Poyet magic cure for abject failure*

October 5 2013 SAFC (1) 1 Manchester United (0) 2 Better side first half, outclassed in second

September 30 2013 SAFC (0) 1 Liverpool (2) 3 Spirit in abundance, undone by shoddy defending

September 24 2013 Capital One Cup 3rd Round: SAFC (1) 2 Peterborough United (0) 0 A solid performance without any touchline histrionics

September 21 2013 West Bromwich Albion 3 (1) SAFC 0 (0) Coach looks completely out of his depth

September 14 2013 SAFC (0) 1 Arsenal (1) 3 Performance far better than the result suggests

August 31 2013 Crystal Palace (1) 3 SAFC (0) 1 Nowhere near good enough for this league

August 27 2013 Capital One Cup 2nd Round: SAFC (0) 4 MK Dons (1) 2Outplayed, 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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32 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: Alsonso walks as Norwich widen the gap”

  1. It should have happened in the New Year when the lad was on a real run of form. Altidore is so far short of what’s required that it would be hilarious were he playing for someone else.

    If he starts with Dumblenuts against Liverpool he should be sacked on Thursday morning.

    • He can’t surely, if he does then outside influences must be at work here. Altidore should never wear the Red n White again.

  2. Drummer said “Wickham for all he’s deficiencies is better than Altidore, so is Danny bloody Graham , in fact you could play Alfred N’Diaye up front and he would do better than Altidore. But we can’t because we gave them away! ”

    To be fair Drummer, I’m not convinced Danny Graham is any better than I am.

    Are you match fit and out of contract yourself? Maybe you could at least get on as a sub at Anfield.

    • No need Jeremy, Wickham is back, who said Gus doesn’t read Salut? . He’s eyes must be burning !

  3. Well I gave up hope last weekend,nothing to add here really.

    Except It’d take a miracle now.Pray Liverpool don’t do us 6-0.Fulham and Cardiff having given up their own ghost yesterday too.

  4. Not sure if I was watching the same game as you were.

    What is this big love affair with Borini? He was up front for a full 90 minutes. He had 1 chance on goal. 1. Only 1. That was when Altidore, who cannot hold the ball, holds the ball and plays it through to him.

    If you play Borini in the middle and all Phil Bardsley can do is punt long balls at him the result will be exactly the same as with Altidore.

    Borini may score a goal or 2 by the end of the season, but as long as the midfield has such little creativity the results will be the same.

    • With Borini, he runs into the channels and thats how he scored v Man City. He gives us a lot of movement and energy up front.
      With the likes of Altidore/Fletcher, we just lump the ball to them and 9 times out of 10 they get beaten in the air, or the knock down goes to the opposition.

  5. Norwich wanted it a lot more than we did, which is a real worry. I reckon we’re down, sorry to be a wet blanket.
    We need to show more passion than that.

    We’ve only got one forward who is a threat and thats Borini.

  6. Ki and Colback were awful, and should have been off before the second goal.
    Altidore – has offered nothing all season, but today he never broke sweat. For a striker, he just never looks like even attempting to threaten the goal , never mind score.
    Today, we looked like a side going down, and I’ve seen enough relegations over the years to recognise a doomed team. Hey Ho, we have been there before , and we will bounce back.
    On a bright note, I sat next to a guy from New Zealand who was taking his 5 year old to his first game , who for no apparent reason had decided to support SAFC. As I left, I told him to be happy, there will be better days than this. And there will.

    • I have an American friend who is now “rooting” for Sunderland because of me. He follows how they are doing and watches them when they’re on.
      However, it is of note that he has kept his European comfort teams, Bayern Munich and Chelsea. This allows him to still enjoy his weekend.

  7. The reason why the club is prepared to let them go is because they are shit. If they were any good they would all be being offered stunning new contracts. As they are shit that hasn’t happened.

    Larsson, Gardner, Colback are all shit and so are the rest of them. It’s the reason we are where we are in the league. We are shit and going to get relegated because we are shit. Been shit for years and kept getting away with it, but not this year because even the worst shit in the league can beat us or take some points off us. Norwich City are complete shit and we are even worse. Not a goal against them in 3 hrs football. It’s as shit as it gets. Really shit in fact. The most dreadful foul and stinking shit of all of it.

  8. Question: your employer hasn’t renewed your contract or given you the terms you want (currently 4 of our first team squad) or you’re on loan (3 key players of our first team squad) do you you give 100% and go in for every 50/50 ball and risk the future of you and your family? Or do you play it safe and wait for the summer when you’ll br taken on by another club? It’s human nature to ensure the immediate future of yourself and your family. Why would Larsson, Gardner, Bardsley, etc risk a serious injury for a club which is willing to let them go? I wouldn’t. Would you? And therein lies part of the problem: a situation our club manangement has allowed to arise. Too many players who have too much to lose on a personal, rather than club, level.
    As for Poyet’s tactics and substitutions. Bizarre. I get the impression he’s starting to panic, and consequently so are the players. How many long ball punts upfield today? Awful!

    • They could actually try to earn a fraction of the kings ransom they’re being payed at the present and have being for years.Isnt doing your best and professional pride human nature as well ? I fear though Ifos that your theory is correct and the muppet cast have already jumped ship,the same one they’ve filled with holes and sodded off with all the gold. Pirates, mercenaries ? You name them, it fits.

    • I thought subbing Colback was sensible and Ki was doing nothing. But who to replace them? Clattermouth… …I can see the sense of it, and Larsson, though I’ve questioned him recently, usually gives his all.

      What surprised me was not that Scocco came on but that Altidore stayed on. I’d have had him off after 30 minutes. Can we blame Gus for having to rely on Altidore and Fletcher? maybe yes, maybe no, it depends on his ability to spend and sign in the January window, and his perceptions at this time.

      I accept Gus has made mistakes but believe that had he not been left with a massive gap and struggling players he would be OK by now.

      • Wickham for all he’s deficiencies is better than Altidore, so is Danny bloody Graham , in fact you could play Alfred N’Diaye up front and he would do better than Altidore. But we can’t because we gave them away!

  9. One of the only bright sparks in a dark league campaign has been Alonso. That spark flickered and went out today, all that diving was getting on my wick and the stupidity of a red card in stoppage time put a tin lid on it. We now have the prospect of Dossena facing Liverpool. Yikes!

  10. Stick a fork in? We’ve been done since October but the excitement of cup football in half empty stadiums was deceiving us.

    • Perhaps, but I must admit that from the period of Gus’ appointment until early New Year, I thought we had rounded the corner and stood a decent chance of survival despite the paucity of talent on display. With hindsight, it was only the ‘new coach bounce’, plus as you say the cup runs, that afforded optimism. Well, the writing’s on the wall for all to see now.

  11. Hark! What’s that I hear? Oh yeah, it’s the fat lady singing…loud and clear!

    After this latest piss-poor effort, there’s no longer any doubt of relegation. Hopes of salvation now belong solely to the statistical dreamers.

    I’m sure this week we’ll hear the same mantra repeated ad nausea from Gus and the team: ‘how we’re all giving 100%, how we all still believe, next match we’ll do better” etc. I seriously doubt Poyet himself believes that anymore, and it’s beyond obvious that his team doesn’t. Today’s effort, if I can call it that, shows they’ve already given up the ghost of premiership survival. No doubt our lads are already burning up their phones, contacting their agents and screaming, “Get me the hell out of here!!!”

    Tired of supporting this ultimate collection of the Hopeless, the Harmless, the Hapless and the Helpless. And the fact that we’re fed this constant stream of BS about how hard the team’s working, and what talent they have, and wait until next week, only exacerbates the situation. This ever-changing collection of tripe wouldn’t play for Bruce, O’Neil, or Di Canio. Based on today’s performance, it certainly appears they’ve given up playing for Poyet as well.

    Stick a fork in us, we’re done.

  12. Drummer. I am genuinely wondering if a number of starts is actually enshrined in his contract. It was a surprise to me that Ki’s contract with Swansea included such a clause.

    Any other reason is implausible. Murphy, Gray, Ritchie, Wallace, Hauser, Rush, Cooke, Lee, Belfitt, (yes even Belfitt) would be better than Dumblenuts. It’s several months since his inclusion went past ridiculous.

    • Could be in he’s contract as you say. Or either trying to keep him a ‘premiership player ‘ so to sell him back to Holland or as I said its just a face saving exorcise , stupid one mind !

  13. The best definition of stupidity that I ever heard was as follows. Keep on doing the same thing over and over again and then sit wondering why the outcome doesn’t change.

    I said as far back as November or December that persistence with that usless lump of lard up front would cost GP the support of the fans. Four months later here we are. Every week we take to the field with effectively 10 men.

    Poyet had a reputation amongst Brighton fans as being without a Plan B. It’s clear enough to see there isn’t even a Plan A.

    He has two choices with Fletcher injured. Stick Borini through the middle of bring Wickham back. No, neither of those, we’ll stick with Dumblenuts up there. He is testing the notion that if you lock monkeys in a room with some typewriters for long enough that you will end up with the complete works of Shakespeare.

    Poyet out! Enough is enough.

    • Is there some unwritten theory within the hierarchy that dropping Altidore would be admitting we’ve signed yet another multimillion striking dud? I was joking to a mate today, oh for the glory days of Dichio and Murphy. There’s more than a few home truths said in jest. We are pathetic , correction , they are pathetic . They only give a sh1 t when ‘glory’ beckons , ie The League cup or the mags games. Charlatans !

  14. My condolences to the travelling fans, I only suffered through various media outlets . I listened to Gary Bennett for the first half, he was particularly scathing about Altidore , even laughing gallows style at he’s ineptitude at one point. I watched the second half in a free house ( sorry Niall) , clueless, skill less, gutless, inept. I returned to tune into the radio broadcast and astonishingly heard Flapper Larsson casually saying Norwich wanted it more and had more passion. Can we sack him?

  15. Player Rating V Norwich

    Mannone = 5 mix-up with O’Shea cost us the first, could not be faulted for wonder strike second.

    Bardsley – 5 lost possession to many times, pointless hoofs uo the pitch to Altidore

    O’Shea – 5 mix-up for first goal, other wise OK for a player well past his sell-by date.

    Brown = 6 did OK

    Alonso = 2 did well enough initially, stupid sending off, but didn’t make ant difference as all was lost by their second anyway. Needs to stop diving as well.

    Bridcutt = 5 OK performance

    Ki = 3 not good, could have been injured or un-well, I hope that was the reason.

    Colback = 3 anonymous, stupid booking but Dowd was already at it.

    Johnson = 3 early promise in the second half but ultimately anonymous.

    Borini = 5 worked tirelessly, but ineffective

    Altidore = 0 what’s the point!

    Subs – Cattermole = 5 idiot, but we all know this.
    Larsson = 3 What’s the point!
    Sccoco = 1 currently looks out of his depth

    Referee – Phil Dowd = 3 Totally shite, allowed Bomsong away with very poor challenges in the first half then goes to town on Sunderland.

    In reality on the current squad we will now be relegated because we are not good enough to stay up, that simple. Major re-building task required in the Summer. Pathetic, gutless display, so sick of this lot spoiling every weekend. Role on the Summer…if we get one. –

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