Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-0 Leicester City. Still a point from safety

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

    Monsieur Salut writes: Pete Sixsmith, not alone among Salut! Sunderland folk in feeling nervous today, was philosophical at half time – ‘strong on effort but weak on quality’. He wasn’t much happier with the standard of play at the end of a ‘truly awful’ goalless draw, but accepted that the defeats of Newcastle and Hull made it a little easier to digest. So we enter the final two, horrendously difficult away games at Arsenal and Chelsea needing a point or either of the following – Hull failing to beat Man Utd at home or us not conceding so many in London that the Mags would need only to draw at home to West Ham to finish above us. Not really complicated; just the likelihood of a nervy end to the season. Sixer’s full assessment of the game, amplifying the seven-word verdict you see below, will appear in due course …

    Jake: 'hanging on ...'
    Jake: ‘hanging on …’

    May 16 SAFC (0) 0 Leicester City (0) 0 Results elsewhere make this stinker more bearable

    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

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


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8 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 0-0 Leicester City. Still a point from safety”

  1. All we’ve got is effort and hopefully that’s enough . We’re on the front foot at least and not inviting teams on to us like Poyet insisted in doing in he’s most unhinged moments . Ironically we might need two conservative , Poyet light performances in the next two games ,as keeping the goal difference down could be the saving of us while trying to sneak a point if possible . Fingers crossed …..

    • I’ll have some many things crossed on Wednesday I’ll look like that contortionist on Britains Got Talent last night.

  2. A great run of results and still not safe which underlines the task that Advocaat was given. We played Leicester off the park yesterday without reward, remembering they are the current form team. Can we achieve another point and guarantee survival who knows. The real concern is will we have another struggle next season. Do we have the players? Rodwell Giacharreni hardley featured this season will they still be here. Who can we purchase that will make us better. Who will be manager? Questions that are not easy to answer. Graham, Jones, van Aanholt, Bridcott and Buckley all are heavily criticised, will the Johnson dilemma be resolved, will Fletcher stay and do we want him. If we stay up and it certainly isn’t certain what lies ahead is a bumpy road of rebuilding and changing direction. Sunderland are in continuous turmoil when will we start growing in stature

  3. I didn’t think that it was that bad either Malcolm. In fact one of the better games this season. We are close to survival but my goodness we have some terrible players in this team.

    They battled hard but watching that, you have to think that there must be lads in the Wearside League with more talent than some of this lot.

    Van Aanholt and Bridcutt are horrible players. So is Jones for my money. Graham is perhaps worse than Altidore.Please, please, don’t come on here and say “he put a shift in.” He’s not on tubloading.

  4. From an entertainment point of view I didn’t think it was that bad compared to some of the abysmal displays I witnessed earlier in the season. At least the team looked as if they were playing for the club which (according to John Anderson on Radio Newcastle afterwards) some of those in a black and white shirt at Loftus Road weren’t.

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