Sixer’s Sevens: Chelsea 1 SAFC 2. The miracle starts here

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

Monsieur Salut writes: in all the time we’ve been covering Sunderland, said Nick Barnes as he and Gary Bennett discussed the MAGNIFIQUE 2-1 win at Chelsea, there may not have been a more incredible result. He was probably right. This was truly a majestic display, a win that was as deserved as it was important. It is little short of a tragedy that Pete Sixsmith, there all season to witness all the dross, was not there for this great occasion. Chelsea fans will whinge from here to Kingdom Come about the penalty – I have to say it looked one to me – but will say nothing at all about Ramires being on the field under false pretences for much of the game after his GBH on Seb Larsson. There is still masses to do, but what better a way to start? …

Jake: 'in - bloody credible'
Jake: ‘in – bloody credible’

April 20 2014 Chelsea (1) 1 SAFC (1) 2 *The miracle does – or should – start today

April 16 2014 Manchester City 2 (1) SAFC (0) 2 So frustrating. Deserved to win that one

April 12 2014 SAFC (0) 0 Everton (0) 1 The patient rallied, but condition looks terminal

April 6 2014 Tottenham Hotspur 5 (1) SAFC 1 (1) West Ham united (1) 2 Another poor performance deals yet another relegation

March 31 SAFC 1 (0) West Ham united (1) 2 * No points from this games means relegation

March 26 Liverpool 2 (2) SAFC 1 (0) No points but much better than Saturday

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

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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16 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: Chelsea 1 SAFC 2. The miracle starts here”

  1. Isn’t this typical of our bizarre season?2 games have given us hope where non lived before.But my heart still sinks at the thought of this lot doing the business in a home match.We just haven’t done that at home at all in the PL.

    Was a great achievement yesterday,I cannot recall such a topsy turvy season.

  2. Just what had the Not So Special One ordered to be done to the pitch? Players auditioning for Bambi On Ice. It of course backfired when Aziwhateverhisnameis slipped and let Jozy in.

  3. It always seemed strange to hear Gus say we were too open with a back four…… after being ripped apart easily with a back five. He’s thankfully realised you put your best team out, you have a go and if that isn’t good enough so be it. For all the stick O’Shea and Brown have had recently we’re not easy to beat when they’re playing together and will be desperate to avoid relegation on their CV’s. Keep it going lads.

    The problem for years has been our midfield. They grafted their socks off yesterday but that won’t be the team to break down Cardiff. Hoping young Connor is OK and Gus sticks Fabio up top with him. The Great escape is on!

    • Spot on!

      When we play a back four, we are not actually too bad. Our weakest area is the midfield [ and has been for several seasons ] They do not offer enough protection, and I have never seen a team give the ball away so easily.

      It was madness to sell Meyler [ for peanuts ] He is a very good continuity player. He is powerful, can pass, and gets forward well. In my opinion he is better than anyone we have at present.

      We should also have kept Campbell.

  4. The return to 4 at the back has seen a turn a round in form we have had many wasted opportunities this season we can not slip up now, 4 points from the premiership elite in the last 2 games was not expected but Cardiff, Swansea & WBA are vital and will keep us up, the world had written us off let them eat their words. It was a pen! ,!

  5. Rob said “There is still HOPE!!!” Even more important than that there is belief; amongst the players and also the fans. This will have also spread to our opponents over the next few games who would be feeling nervous anyway. Looking at how we have performed over the last two games they will now be feeling intimidated.

    • Momentum is everything , especially with us it seems, either feast or famine . I always said that a famine period at the wrong end of a season would eventually send us down and it was. If somehow , miraculously ,we’ve entered a feast period just it time it could well keep us up.

  6. If we complete this resurrection it will comparable to the one that launched a billion chocolate eggs !

  7. How vital will that equaliser in the last couple of minutes against Man C prove to be? Six points against them and Chelsea would have had us flying. Still, who knows, we might beat Man U?

    We have been rubbish at home all season, but we must now concentrate on getting maximum return in these last three.

  8. At least the unlikely 4 points from these 2 games gives us a slim chance of survival. There is still HOPE!!!

  9. I have only 4 things to say:
    1. Sunderland were magnificent.
    2. Chelsea couldn’t shoot their way out of a paper bag tonight.
    3. Gus got his tactics spot on.
    4. Martin Tyler was so disappointed when Connor scored.

    That’s all I have to say.

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