Until nearly midnight (albeit UAE time, four hours ahead of the East Stand), Salut! Sunderland was shortchanging its readers. Sixer’s Sevens stretched to only six words, the first four in the headline plus “equals relegation”. I added “pitiful”. But enough of the fence-sitting; here’s what we actually thought of Sunderland’s performance….
* With acknowledgement to Len Shackleton and the chapter of his autobiography, Clown Prince of Football, entitled “What the average director knows about football”. It famously consists of a single blank page