Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Leeds United 0. A feeble echo of ’73

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If Pete Sixmsith, present on May 5 1973 and present on Jan 4 2015, doubted he would experience the same level of excitement, his pessimism was well-founded. Roles are reversed these days; it is not that Sunderland are as mighty as Leeds undoubtedly were back then, but we are almost a full division ahead. And yet the only side that looked liked scoring in the second half was Leeds. Just as well Patrick van Aanholt had returned from injury with a fine first-half attacking display rewarded with the excellent strike that won the game (on 33 minutes, two later than it took Ian Porterfield in 1973). Sixer’s considered report can be expect to dwell at length on the failings shown subsequently, with Leeds unlucky not to gain at least a replay ..

Jan 4 2015 FA Cup 3rd Round: SAFC (1) 1 Leeds United (0) 0 Scraped through after a shocking second half

Jake: 'through, but only just'
Jake: ‘through, but only just’

Jan 1 2015 Manchester City (0) 3 SAFC (0) 2 Opened up too easily for the winner

Dec 28 Aston Villa (0) 0 SAFC (0) *Just couldn’t break down 10 man Villa

Dec 26 SAFC (1) 1 Hull City (1) 3 A good Christmas spoiled by awful performance.

Dec 21 NUFC (0) 0 SAFC (0) 1 Four in a row brings Christmas cheer

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
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5 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Leeds United 0. A feeble echo of ’73”

  1. With QPR, Palace, Burnley, Leicester, Villa, West Brom and The Mags to come to the Stadium of Light (and Liverpool and Southampton) you’d think we’d be OK for 18+ points from those games but as we only won 4 League games in total at home in 2014 we can’t be that confident. We’ll be OK if we play positive football, look to go forward and use the width of the pitch. We don’t half need a goalscorer though – sorry for stating the bleedin’ obvious.

  2. They should have had a penalty and they hit the post and they forced saves out of Pantilimon. I thought we were absolutely dreadful in the second half. I am very concerned about the second half of the season.

  3. Leeds the only team that looked like scoring? Is that apart from the 2 glorious chances missed by Fletcher and whickham’s free header from Larsson’s corner that he put straight at the keeper. Yes, we were poor second half, but let’s not pretend Leeds were that good!

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