Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 4 – at least we drew the second half!

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

John McCormick writes: If we stay up this season it will be only because there are worse teams in the premiership. The worrying thing is that, on today’s performance, there are no worse teams.

That’s what I think, but what about Pete Sixsmith?

While I was awaiting his text, which went to France instead of Liverpool, I posted my own summary: *A dire display from players and manager. Does Pete disagree? I think not from his own seven words, which now appear below:

Jake asks "Do our players train together during the week?"
Jake asks “Do our players train together during the week?”

March 14 2015 Sunderland (0) 0 Aston Villa (4) 4 Dreadful performance that should bring Gus’s resignation.

March 3 2015 Hull City (1) 1 SAFC (0) 1 Last twenty minutes encouraging. First seventy awful

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

** See how Sixer, and occasional subs, captured last season at


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14 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 4 – at least we drew the second half!”

  1. We are far too tolerant of the nonsense that we have been afflicted with for years now. Muted protests and quiet discontent is the result of having the enthusiasm knocked out of us by one set of incompetents after another.

    We shouldn’t even be discussing whether he has to go or not. He should have been given his cards months ago.

  2. The amazing thing is the newspapers and TV are going overboard with this and portraying it as some kind of shock result. Believe me, all long suffering supporters knew a result like this was coming, it’s not a shock to us. I still think we’ll stay up probably by a point or two. If not, who will really miss the Premier League?

    • I don’t think we’ll stop up unless we change managers . If we go down I’d certainly not miss getting beat most weeks season after season but its a step backwards . There’s no point in competing unless you aim to compete at the highest level you can . Saying that I don’t think we’re at that level anymore .

      • Spot on. We have a slight chance if we get rid of Poyet and his clueless henchmen NOW.

        We could bring in an interim coach until the end of the season. Anyone would be an improvement.

  3. Utter disgrace , players , coaching staff and the board for engineering it to this point . None are fit for purpose but at least we can change on imediately , Poyet . Go and go now !

  4. Complete and utter shambles. 2 weeks to prepare and the clown feels the need to change Fletcher and Alvarez over after only 15 mins, which immediately led to the first goal. The main positive from the day is that everyone, including Short, must now see what I have been saying for ages now, which is that he is utterly clueless. Why spend all your money on a goal poacher and then never pick any players who can get the ball in to him.
    You look at the bench and you see Jones, Coates and Vergini and 2 centre forwards. Where are Watmore and Honeyman, players who might be able to offer something different. All we had to bring on was Danny Graham!
    Only other positive for me, and this is really odd, was Fletcher who really put a shift in, won almost all his headers, none of which Defoe ran for, and deserved a goal at the end when he hit the post

  5. Aston Villa, without an away goal for 10 hours, coasted to four in the first half. Poyet ought to thank them for taking their foot off the pedal, because this could have been another Southampton – and on our own ground!

    Surely he has to go now?

  6. I hear tell Ian Holloways on the pancrack so you could do a lot worse than get him as player-manager. Better than that soft bugger that couldnt be arsed to come out with the rest of the lads for the second half lol

    • If you mean Larsson he was having his foot stitched.He could have hidden and used that as an excuse,but credit to him for coming back….only one worth a light yesterday.

      • Funny, your man Sixer says he just ran about and did nowt same as always. Pity help you if that makes him the best

  7. Today I was ashamed of my team but more so of my manager who seemed to do nothing to improve the situation during the game. Just like last time out. I was more surprised that he had not resigned than I was about him saying that he would have booed if he had been a fan

  8. In a lifetime of disappointments and embarrassment, that was down there with the worst of them. They played like they’d never even met each other before let alone actually practiced football together. It’ll be interesting to see what the board will do in the next few days, with only nine games remaining if they’re gonna act, they had better do it sharpish.

    • Whilst Ithink that GP has got too much wrong this season I also think that the board is stuck between the proverbial rock and the hard place. Who is available that could turn this around and new manager bounce doesn’t always work. I would say no one so is it best stick with GP and hope for the best? He did it last year.

      For me its up to the players to take control of the tactics from now until the end of the season and tell the manager that they they are going to play every game like it is a cup final and if he doesn’t like well tough. I think the fans would rather see us get relegated in a blaze of glory than just sleep walk our way into the Championship ……and sometimes fortune favours the brave.

      Whatever happens it is clear that GP is not cut out to be the long term manager for SAFC. Mind you I said the same when we appointed Peter Reid.In football sometimes you just never know.

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