Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1-4 Crystal Palace. Supporting Sunderland’s now officially embarrassing

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

Monsieur Salut writes: After a drab first half, Pete Sixsmith saw “nothing much between these two average sides”. Inevitably, Palace came out after half time and showed one difference, a quick goal. Less inevitably, but maybe not so surprising to the longest suffering of football fans anywhere, three more came to complete a 13-minute collapse to rival the earlier surrenders to Southampton and Villa. We did start playing somewhere near the 90th minute, but Palace might have been six up by then. There were men out there today, led by John O’Shea but including some who might otherwise have expected to play on at the top level for several years, who ought to be down the Job Centre on Monday to explore other career possibilities. Come back for Sixer’s fuller report – once again he offers a selection of seven-word verdicts below – but don’t necessarily expect anyone at Salut! Sunderland to show more than O’Shea-like pace to get it posted …’

Jake: 'please tell me how that could happen'
Jake: ‘please tell me how that could happen’

April 11 SAFC (0) 1 Crystal Palace (0) 4 Yet another truly miserable performance. A disgrace or No big bonus for Dick after this or Back to 11 men running around aimlessly or Only Sunderland could produce such a stinker

April 5 Sunderland (1) 1 Newcastle United (0) 0 Five in a row sounds so nice or Guess which Manfred Mann song they’re playing or I will be on the Advocaat tonight

March 21 2015 West Ham United (0) 1 Sunderland (0) 0 * Spirited fighting performances nearly gains a point

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

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11 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1-4 Crystal Palace. Supporting Sunderland’s now officially embarrassing”

  1. I shall be tuning in to Radio “We beat them 5 in a row” at 11am to listen to my other true love. Durham CCC are in action at Taunton. Proper players on a fraction of Fletcher’s wages. COYD.

  2. An absolute disgrace . Are they really this incompetent or is it just that they genuinely couldn’t give a ####?! . What’s the matter , has Advocaat said something to upset the little darlings during the week and they’re playing to get him sacked now ? Just clear off the lot off them , pathetic , spineless , useless money grabbing jokes that don’t deserve 1% of the disgusting kings ransom they’re paid every week . If I was a neutral I’d want us to get relegated as we deserve it and I’m almost at the point where I couldn’t care less whatever happens . The team don’t , why should we ?

  3. Embarrassing is the word to sum it up. Like many contributors I have 50 years of mixed, but largely disappointing seasons of following my team, but this year has more lows than most.
    Last season we were a poor side, lucky to survive, but we are now weaker. Ki, Borini, Colback, etc have not been replaced with better players. As for our youth system, it seems there is no one near even a sub appearance.
    Will we survive ? I doubt it. I’ve got tickets for Leicester, a long trip with overnight stay. I suspect it might be all over by then , and I might be in a half empty SoL.
    Bring on next season, whichever division we are in

  4. Eric is spot-on. How else can we respond, as ordinary fans? As it happens, I am not one for walking out, as 30+ thousand did today, and Sixer (me in tow) did at Wimbledon, but when millionaires do this to you – not once, not twice but over and again in a single season – you cannot fault the fan who leaves early, even very early, or thinks again about laying out a fortune on seeing us thrashed at the Emirates

    • Not sure I deserve a thumbs down! I just honestly can’t face it any more. We lumber from one disaster to another. Leicester City, who have been bottom all season, have been far superior to ourselves, and we could not complain if we were by now cut adrift and in a hopeless position. Is it worth staying up if lessons are not learned and we are in the same place next season? It hurts man.

  5. I had this as a nailed on loss,bearing in mind what we usually do after beating the mags…only I never envisaged the quick 10 minute capitulation we would suffer yet again.There is something very rotten at the core of this team,end of season cannot come fast enough.

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