Pete Sixsmith recognised this was a game that could have gone either way, with decent half-chances at either end and both SAFC and West Ham enjoying periods in control. His seven-word verdict reflects that view of a game that vindicated Gus Poyet’s complaint last week that Sunderland lack cutting edge up front. Jozy Atidore’s comical slip from Seb Larsson’s great pull back, in the last act of the first half, will be remembered by many but he was not alone in failing to look much like scoring in open play …
Dec 13 SAFC (1) 1 West Ham United (1) 1 One point better than none. Tight game
Dec 6 Liverpool (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Ho ho ho: a well deserved point
Dec 3 SAFC (1) 1 Manchester City (2) 4 City’s hoodoo ended, aided by poor defending
Nov 29 SAFC (0) 0 Chelsea (0) 0*A performance to make Sunderland supporters proud or Could and maybe should have won it
Nov 22 Leicester City (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Two points lost rather than one gained
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
Larsson digs us out of a hole
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3 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 West Ham 1. Poyet still looking for cutting edge”
I’d put Vergini on up front from the start, rather than have to suffer the torment of watching Altidore do what he does again.
You’re right Rob. Even if he is playing against third rate opposition in the international arena, you would think that he would ever so occasionally be able to use that experience get a shot or a header on target at a higher level. The mind boggling thing is that given his woeful performances and record, is that he is starting. He shouldn’t be even considered. It’s hard to comprehend. There must be countless centre forwards playing for pub teams and Sunday league etc that would out perform this joker. He’s shocking and the only thing that’s more shocking is Poyet’s ludicrous perseverance with him.
I do not understand how Altidore scored so many in Holland, gets a decent rate for the USA, yet is so bad in the Premier League.
Oh well, we are stuck with him for now, at least Wickham will be around for some time. I’d play Connor as our main striker, for sure, and make Altidore the support striker, if he plays.
I always rated Lee Cattermole, and when he is on song so are the team.
Oh dear, oh dear Dumbledore. He joined in the pantomime season perhaps a tad early. It would be hilarious if he were doing this for somebody other than us. 6.5 million for him. I wouldn’t have spent the Mags money on him.
It wasn’t a slip. He suddenly appeared as if he was wearing diver’s boots and treading in treacle. It’s all been said. If we are looking for a cutting edge, then you won’t find it with him.
Stick him in the corner of Poyet’s living room, with castors on him and he might make a decent armchair.
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