Sixer’s Sevens: Bradford City 2 Sunderland 0. From disgraceful to wretched

Jake had one word for thus Sunderland display. It is subject to the 9pm watershed
Jake had one word for thus Sunderland display. It is subject to the 9pm watershed

The boos from 4,000+ Sunderland fans for some of the flabbier moments of yet another rotten display told their own story. Pete Sixsmith‘s messages from Valley Parade grew more and more troubled, more and more critical. Make no mistake. This was no fluke. SAFC ought to have the ability and resilience to triumph over truly dreadful decisions (Kevin Friend – who else? – failing to award a clear Sunderland penalty that would have meant a Bradford sending off on 18 minutes). But City were by far the better side and could well have won anyway. Is is too late for drastic action? Here are an assortment of Sixer’s Sevens, to be followed by the fuller appraisal of a loyal but utterly dispirited supporter…

Jake pins Sixer to the wall
Jake pins Sixer to the wall

Feb 15 2015 FA Cup 5th Round: Bradford City (1) 2 SAFC (0) 0 Miserable and abject, leaves us relegation certainties … OR … And we thought Tuesday was bad? Disgraceful … OR … Worse than Brentford 10 years ago. Disgraceful … OR … Now free to fully concentrate on relegation

Feb 10 2015 SAFC (0) 0 Queens Park Rangers (2) 2 Didn’t you just know this would happen?

Feb 7 2015 Swansea (0) 1 SAFC (1) 1 * Had to be bloody Ki, didn’t it?

Jake the rebel
Jake the rebel

Feb 3 2015 Fulham (1) 1 SAFC (0) 3 Our quality showed in the second half

Jan 31 2015 SAFC (2) 2 Burnley (0) 0 Comfortable. All of a sudden pressure removed

Jan 24 2015 SAFC (0) 0 Fulham (0) 0: Inept selection – awful from beginning to end

Jan 17 2015 Tottenham Hotspur (1) 2 SAFC (1)1 *Useful Defoe debut ruined by familiar failings or, from Sixer: Other results make this defeat less damaging

Jan 10 2015 Sunderland (0) 0 Liverpool (1) 1 Selection and tactics raise questions about Poyet

Jan 04 2015 FA Cup 3rd Round: SAFC (1) 1 Leeds United (0) 0 Scraped through after a shocking second half

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>

Jake invites support
Jake invites support

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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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25 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: Bradford City 2 Sunderland 0. From disgraceful to wretched”

  1. I hesitate to say ‘it can’t get any worse’ but……….WBA this weekend will be critical for Poyet, the team and the support. Any thing less than 3 points on the back of a convincing display will I think see the demise of Gus, quite possibly our PL membership and a large proportion of the support.

    Keeping the faith has rarely been more difficult and season on season has become increasingly difficult to justify….now is the season(s) of our discontent!!!

    Will we ever get it right…..not convinced at all.

  2. In response to Drummer. I’d be disappointed if Short didn’t have someone already warmed to the possibility of taking over already. For me it’s more the tactics, substitutions, selections, but overall the mentality which is getting us down.

    It would be depressing to see the next one off the managerial merry go round step into Poyet’s shoes. This time I would like to see a more radical appointment. Let’s have a good young manager with a point to prove. It has to be someone with some experience of English football and there are some very good young coaches/managers out there.

    Smoggie won’t like me throwing Karanka’s name into the mix, or even one of his predecessors in McLaren, but look a little further and Robbie Neilson at Hearts is destined to manage at a much higher level sooner, rather than later. The jubilant Bantams boss has already been mentioned and he’s another.

    If there’s a perception that we need an older head alongside then give Reidy a ring.We need to think out of the box with this.

    Kevin Keegan might fancy a job fire fighting and could inspire a younger assistant. He probably feels a point or two is due to our local rivals and would give the place a lift.

    As William says above. He has to go. I don’t actually think that the players are as bad as Poyet has “helped” them look as a team. Some fresh eyes need to be focused on the task in hand. All that said we’ll be as likely to see Paul Lambert at the AoL before any of the others.

    • Yep sounds good to me, apart from the Lambert part . McClaren was my choice after O’Neil left but we appointed the Chuckle brothers then we repeated the trick after that . He still is my choice but I don’t think he’ll leave Derby even at the end of the season to be a DOF . That’s what’s really holding us back , the restrictions a head coach has working with under a director of football .What a mess .

  3. I wish I could say I was surprised. I groaned when I heard that he had been appointed, and the more I read and listen to his vacuous outpourings, the more I question the appointment process that puts clowns like this in multi-million pound jobs.

    I wonder when they will ever learn that because someone was good at playing the game, they will automatically be good at team management?

    He is a busted flush – has been for some time, and I think he may already have lost the dressing room. IMO he has to go now. We still have a chance of PL survival, thanks to the fact that there are a few other dodgy teams. Most of them however have bitten the bullet, and made a change, which often results in a change of fortune [ good example are WBA ]

    It might make sense to make a short term appointment, till the end of the season, and review the situation when we know where we stand.

    One way or other, he has to go!

  4. A question I’d be interested in knowing the answer to is whose decision was it not to have Defoe in the squad. Manager, physio or owner protecting his investment? Mind you we should (and so should Chelsea) have had a team good enough to beat a side two Divisions lower with or without Defoe.

  5. Well with there being multizillion pounds on offer for next years premier TV money Short wont let that slip through he’s fingers without a fight . That spells the end for Poyet either tomorrow or if we don’t beat West Brom , after Saturday . The feelers must be out for a replacement by now as we simply can’t go on like this . All fight has gone , its being passed to death . The aggression is no longer second nature to our team , its something they have to impersonate , like today and they can’t do it .Were in a dog fight now and Poyets made us toothless and had our balls cut off , I hope its not too late !

    • The thing that will probably save us from the drop is that there are three teams worse than us in the Division although when we play them you wouldn’t believe it.

      • Really three teams worse than us ? On paper, yes. But they have either replaced their manager, or are starting to play well and score goals.

  6. Just got back after a strange coach ride home with the Durham Branch.
    No crack, no banter, just disillusionment.
    Gus has to go, but who next?
    I do not know but maybe Ellis does.

    • Manager of a certain W Yorks club with a history of beating so called bigger and better clubs might be a good appointment.

  7. Drummer. Both of you are spot on. Given his results and more the performances which have inspired those results it’s very difficult to see how any manager (with the exception of McLeish; please God, no to that one!), could possibly do any worse. He’s hopeless, his tactics are horrible, his signings equally so, and now he is just plain offensive.

    Smoggie is right about Short We are the 27th richest football club in the world but we are starting a player (I won’t call him a striker) who has found the net less for us, than Fulham’s goalkeeper. It’s a disgrace and nothing less than an abuse of the loyalty of the fans. Shocking, sickening and humiliating.

    I’ve nowt against Boro either mate but when you go up you’ll be coming straight back down. It’s tougher and tougher every year.

  8. Why oh why does Poyet keep picking Graham,this guy is a joke at this level.I wish he would stop picking different teams for league and cup games,pick the best for both and get a settled team….Championship next season,cant see this bunch of crap staying up,our home record is just not good enough….unless god takes the reigns and gives us a miracle, but that’s not going to happen…..look out Warnock, for next season……..Oh me! Oh my!

  9. All well and good saying bugger off but who comes in after him. Not exactly a plum job anymore is it, more like a turnstile. In one side out the other and next please! I doubt there wont be much of a queue for the job. Laugh a minute, though but, listening to him. Blames the supporters, now its the press for turning the supporters against him cause he knows what he’s about but he cannot get on with it lol Ellis Shorts no better. Trouble is he knows nowt about football, not even enough to set somebody on who does. Joking and jesting aside Ive got nowt against you lot really and I wish there was three northeast teams in the premier. But a spell in the championship didnt hurt us and it’ll not hurt you, just your pride

    • It’s a well paid revolving door though and there’s plenty of managers out of work , trouble is they’re approaching their sell by date . Hoddell . Curbishley , how about Mcleish untill the end of the season just to put the fear of god in that shower we witnessed today . It’s not a guaranteed succes with any new appointment , but its a better bet than this busted flush though .

  10. He may feel the slightest tinge of embarrassment when he gets sacked in the morning for his team’s performance that ‘wasn’t humilating.” His complete ineptitude is only outdone by his denial of it.

    He’s useless and increasingly boring with it. Bugger off!

    • You were right about him from day one Jeremy . I certainly didnt want him appointed as i feared another Di Canio but the final and the miracle escape pulled the wool over my eyes . Well he’s run out of miracles now and there’s nothing left but the emperors new clothes .

  11. Ignoring the ridiculous penalty decision, a premier league side should have more than enough to beat league one opposition. But we didn’t. We didn’t even moderately threaten an average league one side that never even had to get into second gear.
    Make no mistake, it wasn’t a barnstorming underdog performance from Bradford, this was a pitiful surrender by Sunderland. Woeful, embarrassing, abject – take your pick, none of them really do justice to the performance.
    If I were Gus, I’d be worried. Ellis might just call a meeting in the morning.

  12. Defeat or another spineless, clueless display against WBA then what price Poyet being in the job a week later? Short proved a couple of years ago that he will take drastic action to try and save his investment, and it worked in the short term. He has reason enough already to remove Poyet, with his insulting of and arrogant attitude towards the supporters as foremost reason.

  13. Gus (on BBC Sport website)…”it is not humiliating”. Well, Gus, I’m f***ing humiliated. as well as embarassed and despondent not to mention pissed off.

  14. I only listened on the radio but my interpretation is OUT THOUGHT, OUTFOUGHT, OUTPLAYED, OUT OF THE CUP. Billy Knott, Man Of The Match but not considered good enough to play for SAFC. Kneejerk reaction maybe but the next OUT should be Gus. Taking us in one direction only.

  15. John Stead…..unbelievable.Trouble is not one of our players or the manager will understand tne irony.

    What a bunch of hopelss losers.

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