Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 West Brom 1. Van Aanholt to the rescue

Jake: 'underwhelmed, but a point'
Jake: ‘underwhelmed, but a point’

The first-half disappointments – Defoe’s missed sitter, sloppy play leading to WBA’s well-taken goal – had Pete Sixsmith gloomily tweeting a seven-word verdict he thought might survive to end: ‘Lacking in quality all over the field.’ It was difficult to quarrel with that. Patrick Van Aanholt deserves immense credit for almost everything he did after coming on for the the hapless Kirchhoff, his magical crossfield ball to Khazri setting up another good Defoe chance and then starting and ending the move for the equaliser. But don’t expect Sixer to get carried away …


Jake: catch Sixer's instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season
Jake: catch Sixer’s instant seven-word verdicts throughout the season

October 1 Sunderland (0) 1 West Bromwich Albion (1) 1 Awful lot of cracks to paper over

September 24 Sunderland (1) 2 Crystal Palace (0) 3 Shambolic defending, barely of Wearside League quality

EFL Cup 3rd Round: September 21 QPR (0) 1 Sunderland (0) 2 *Paddy McNair our new Defoe? No but…

September 18: Tottenham Hotspur 1  (0) Sunderland 0 (0) Point lost thanks to traditional defensive howler

September 12 Sunderland 0 (0) Everton  3 (0) Torn apart in an abysmal second half

August 27. Southampton 1 (0) Sunderland 1 (0) Disappointing at the end, as ever here

August 24. EFL Cup 2nd Round: Sunderland 1 (0) Shrewsbury Town 0 (0) Poor game settled by an excellent goal

August 21: Sunderland 1 (0) Middlesbrough 2 (2) Another season of struggle on the cards

August 13: Man City (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 1 Held them well but tired legs told

Pete Sixsmith
Pete Sixsmith

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4 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: SAFC 1 West Brom 1. Van Aanholt to the rescue”

  1. Ndong immense, PVA saves again and showed what it means. There is a glimmer of hope but we need reinforcements in January

  2. I agree with Dave, energy spent on barracking McLean is energy that could be better spent on supporting the team, anyway…
    Isn’t about time they realised that as our second most potent striker, PVA’s career as a full back is over? He can’t defend, it’s as simple as that, but, he has a knack of sneaking into scoring positions. Do it Moyesie, and if you can find a decent left back in the process you will kill two birds with one stone.

  3. While the team is clearly poor and difficult to get behind, I have to say that the support has been awful the last couple of weeks. I cannot believe how many people leave early. Last week at 2-2 going into injury time the place looked half empty. In the non too distant past, there would have immense noise trying to get a winner. Last week silence in a half-empty stadium and, almost inevitably, a late defeat.
    This week there were people giving up all around the ground with 75 gone. I tend to think that we get what we deserve. No such criticism of the away support who have sold out yet again for Stoke away, which is ridiculous given how poorly we have been playing.
    Also, I know McLean is a nasty little man, but surely we are better than to sing horrible sectarian songs at him. A large part of the crowd descended to his level and, to me, it was embarrassing.

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