Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1-1 Everton. The ref does know what he’s doing

Jake gives Sixer star billing
Jake gives Sixer star billing

‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die,’ sings Aaron Neil, playing the Metropolitan police commissioner, as he prepares to be the guinea pig in a trial use of the Taser gun in a silly scene in Great Britain, the West End satire on press, police and politicians. Pete Sixsmith – the king of the seven-word instant verdicts you see below – doesn’t sing that much these days at football games but does shout quite a lot. Like most with a single view of the Everton penalty, he shouted very loud indeed when he saw as a wretched decision the penalty given when Seamus Coleman sprawled under Connor Wickham’s challenge. M Salut had a second view and a third view and ref Lee Mason was right (Wickham was lucky to escape red), as he was to judge at the end that Tim Howard went down on the ball outside his area but without touching the ball with hand or arm. (I take the point, expressed below, about obstruction but still feel the curiously Taliban-bearded keeper did well). A cracking second half, a good point and anything less would have been a travesty …

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Nov 9 SAFC (0) 1 Everton (0) 1 A good point against a good side

Nov 3 Crystal Palace (0) 1 SAFC (1) 3 *Sometimes a win is all that matters

Oct 25 SAFC (0) 0 Arsenal (1) 2  *Farcical errors lead to further foot shooting 

Oct 18 Southampton (3) 8 SAFC (0) 0 Total humiliation today. Players should be ashamed

Oct 4 SAFC (2) 3 Stoke City (1) 1 Duck broken but still some hairy moments

Sept 27 SAFC (0) 0 Swansea City (0) 0 Better performance but cannot finish teams off

Sept 23 Capital One Cup 3rd Round: SAFC (1) 1 Stoke City (1) 2 No Wembley date this March. Wasted evening

Sept 20 Burnley 0 (0) SAFC 0 (0) A thoroughly disappointing performance. Early optimism evaporating

Sept 13 SAFC (1) 2 Tottenham Hotspur (1) 2 Not quite sure how we managed that>

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August 30th: QPR (1) 1 SAFC (0) 0 Terrible result, performance was not much better

August 27: Capital One Cup 2nd Round: Birmingham City (0) 0 SAFC (0) 3 Not quite as comfortable as it sounds

Sunday August 24 :SAFC (1) 1 Manchester United (1) 1 Happy with the performance – and Gus’s style

Saturday August 16: West Bromwich Albion (1) 2 SAFC (1) 2
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6 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1-1 Everton. The ref <em>does know</em> what he’s doing”

  1. How can a team get away with TWO red cards in a game, cant wait for those decisions to “even themselves out” both for Sunderland and Everton

  2. Just watched MOTD2, and it’s definitely obstruction (Gus agrees) and yes ok, it is a penalty. MOTD presenter hasn’t got a clue!

  3. Interpretations aside, I must sit close to Ifos as I seem to have had the same sight lines as he , I thought we played well overall and were unlucky not to have won . We’ve rebounded in fine style from a number of self Inflicted mistakes recently that could have sent us into a tail spin and we seem to be back on solid ground . Encouraging stuff !

  4. We got lucky at Palace, so today was decisions evening themselves out.

    Not convinced it was a penalty, and Tim Howard’s antics should have been punished.

    Gave the ball away far too easily, far too many times. However the performance showed a bit of character against one of our bogey sides.

  5. That’s a good point, re obstruction, though debatable rather than beyond doubt. I though Wickham;s challenge was superb on first view!

  6. M. Salut, we weren’t shouting that Howard had handled the ball, we were shouting that it was blatant obstruction! If an outfield player lies on the ball to stop an opponent getting to it, it’s an indirect free kick, and that’s exactly what Howard did. Unfortunately the ref appeared to be in bloody minded mode by then.
    And it looked a good challenge from where we were!

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