Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester United 2 SAFC 0. Joke dismissal but well beaten

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

Colin Randall writes: Roger East sending off the wrong man was not the reason we lost this game. It was a penalty and a red card for someone – O’Shea being the real culprit – and the goal, plus the loss of one man, ended our resistance. The first half promised better but after a decent opening spell, even that was essentially a rearguard operation This was one of the games missed by Pete Sixsmith, usually the author of the seven-word instant verdicts. A supersub, who will eventually be Bob Chapman – perhaps after a couple of contingency versions – stepped in …

Jake: 'i didn't expect much - and got nothing'
Jake: ‘i didn’t expect much – and got nothing’

Feb 28 2015 Manchester United (0) 2 SAFC (0) 0 * United punish lacklustre no-show in second half

Feb 21 2015 SAFC (0) 0 West Bromwich Albion (0) 0 An awful game that just oozed mediocrity

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?

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

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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10 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: Manchester United 2 SAFC 0. Joke dismissal but well beaten”

  1. We are as good as down. 4 wins since August. How could it possibly get worse than this.

    We are as limp as a bunch of fortnight old asparagus.

  2. I kind of think we need to stick with Poyet. Yes, many of us are disgusted by his tactics. We want a team out there playing. And we never seem to get it.
    But, the guy will eventually get a team, I believe he will. Maybe it will involve a relegation, I hope not. Remember, he has no say on the players brought in. Bruce did. He can only deal the hand he has.

    • Sorry I disagree , Poyet does have a say in the players brought in , he’s admitted it in interviews . Rodwell is ‘ he’s ‘ signing, he’s said it . Bridcutt and Buckley are he’s signings and I assume he played a large part in persuading Defoe to come here . Rodwell may well come good, Defoe has a few good years left in him but he needs service . The only way Bridcutt and Buckley will come into their own is if we do go go down , otherwise try and sell them .

    • Problem is that if we do stick with Poyet we are looking at relegation. Having said that I can’t see anyone else wanting to come to Sunderland. Our home form and performances are disgraceful and the problems with this set of players is so institutionalized now I just can’t see where we are going to find any inspiration.

      Poyet’s tactics and style of play leave a lot to be desired but as pointed out above you can only use what you have. Need a wholesale clearout (yet again) in the summer regardless of what division we are in.

      Lacklustered, ineffective, over paid, under achievers is all we have.

      • I suspect that if you go on Hull City, Aston Villa, QPR and Everton websites (not to mention the England Cricket team) you’ll be hearing their fans say much the same. That plus the fact Leicester and Burnley are pretty weak will be what keeps us up.

      • But the real worrying thing is Malcolm, that this has been going on for seasons now under a raft of different managers.

        You have to ask yourself is it worth staying up under these conditions?

        Not so sure myself. Something at the club is fundamentally wrong if a team of seasoned pros and young wanabees can’t muster better performances than we have seen or do we have a team of seasoned hasbeens and neverwasers, in which case our recruitment policy sucks.

      • Do you know what – and I’ll get thumbs down galore for this – I’m not bothered if we do go down. I’m of the pre-Sky, pre-Premier League era and I don’t see Premier League survival as the be all and end all. I wish we were playing Reading this weekend with a hope of getting to the Cup Final and not fretting over whether we can get enough points to finish 17th.

        Some of the most enjoyable times I’ve had following the team have been in the lower Divisions. A good bit of craic with my mates before home games, banter with opposition fans at places like Colchester, Crewe and Gillingham. My all time favourite match – the 5-2 win at Bury in 1999 when the atmosphere was electric.

        I’m not bothered about whether we are one of the world’s richest clubs, whether the club will lose zillions of quids if we go down. I’m not Ellis Short. I’m just a fan who wants to enjoy his days out watching his team. Yes I want us to do as well as we can but if going down brings some joy back to match days then bring it on.

      • If sticking with Poyet means relegation [ and I agree with that assumption ] surely it is worth getting rid now while there is still a chance of staying up?

        Poor as our squad is, his tactics only make them worse. If there is no one immediately available [ and that is debatable ] IMO we would be best advised to appoint a consultant for the remaining games, in the hope that a new face could get a tune out of them, and recruit a new manager in the summer.

        We have some very experienced players, and football is not a complicated game. Idiot coaches make it so – the expression paralysis by analysis comes to mind.

        Some one like Glenn Hoddle could possibly save our season.

  3. Apart from a season under Keane maybe and a season under Bruce we’ve flirted with relegation since we’ve came up . Sooner rather than later we’ll go down , not because we can’t get anything at Old Trafford but because of results against the teams around us .Our home form is now atrocious , I fear it could be this season .

  4. Watched second half only in abar in Barcelona but recognise the symptoms all too well. A relegation side, players looking clueless and going through the motions. Very, very, worried.

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