Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 0 SAFC 2. Deflected glory for Danny Graham and Jermain Defoe

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

    Monsieur Salut writes: I suppressed the temptation to add “or luckier” to my original headline (‘Results don’t come much bigger ..’). This was, beyond doubt, a magnificent defensive display and no one who knows the first thing about football challenges the notion that having a solid defence comes into the reckoning when plaudits are distributed.

    But how did Sunderland score two goals at the other end while keeping out everything Everton threw at us? First because Danny Graham, whose recent form has richly deserved a break, got one – his deflection of a shot by Jordi Gomez bringing his first goal in 28 Sunderland games. Whoever doubted Martin O’Neill’s wisdom in wanting him will now be eating his words (along with me, having predicted a defeat today). Second, because very soon after a borderline penalty shout went in his favour (at our end) he got a thigh and possibly a hand, equally unintentionally I’d say, off Adam Johnson’s shot. I ordered Pete Sixsmith, our star seven-word judge, to send smiling texts from Goodison and he complied. Come back in due course for his full account of an enormous, enormous win …

    Jake: 'them's the breaks ....'
    Jake: ‘them’s the breaks ….’

    May 9 Everton (0) 0 SAFC (0) 2 Outstanding team performance puts cats among Magpies

    May 2 SAFC (1) 2 Southampton (1) 1 A massive result which gives us hope

    April 25 Stoke City (1) 1 SAFC (1) 1 *A day when drawing seemed like defeat

    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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10 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: Everton 0 SAFC 2. Deflected glory for Danny Graham and Jermain Defoe”

  1. If we do stay up ,which after today’s results we may well do we owe much to our lofty Romanian. Simply the best keeper we have had and since Monty.

  2. Agree with everyone, this was a massive win. It will be hard against Leicester as they are in good form.
    Eventually Danny Graham gets a goal (amazed at that).
    Hull have 2 very difficult games away to Spurs and home to Man Utd.

    • Putting goals aside, Danny Graham leads the line better than either Fletcher or Wickham. He is stronger and is better at holding up the ball, and his distribution is better than either of them.

      We have lacked a proper target man all season. Personally I think we would have more balance playing 4.4.2 with Defoe playing off Graham. But hey, I’m not going to criticise DA’s tactic’s, because they appear to be getting results. It is only a pity that he wasn’t brought in a little earlier.

      • Fletcher was only on for 10 minutes but he (and Jonno) impressed. I’d be happy to start him against Leicester.

  3. MASSIVE win! Monumental team effort. Not pretty but when needs must. Let’s hope other results go our way. Roll on Leicester.

  4. By we were close Jeremy lad, I would have said 2 nowt if somebody hadnt got in first with it but I think Brown Owl should give you a mug anyhow

  5. It was not a penalty – it was not handball. What a win but in true fashion when it was only 1-0 I was still expecting to lose 2-1. Oh me of little faith. Now come on you Baggies! And maybe Burnley to get a point off Hull! And hopefully David Cameron’s second team to beat the side he supposedly supports!

    • Well after this afternoon’s results we are in a better position than last week but Leicester are the in form team so they’ll be hard to beat. They will go into next week’s game knowing they will be safe if they get the three points. But so will our boys so I’m glad I’ve got my ticket. I’m hoping we won’t need anything from the two trips to London but things look bleak for Brucie’s boys and if the Mags don’t beat QPR they are also in the mire.

      Could go down to the wire again.

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