It turns out to be an astonishing day packed with drama and emotion. You prepare to clear the front page for his lucid prose. And then he lamely cries off, citing “what looks like a serious computer problem”.
Has Pete Sixsmith never heard of pigeon post? Couldn’t he steal the neighbour’s laptop? Or send his Man City Soapbox in a series of text messages? Suarez’s eight-match ban for being obnoxious and racist and Wayne Rooney’s reported £200,000 fine for an unauthorised night out will look like slaps on the wrist by the time Salut! Sunderland‘s disciplinary panel has finished with Sixer.
But we’re determined to milk yesterday’s magnificent result for all it’s worth. So we turn to our friends at the Blackcats list, not overlooking early jitters as the makeshift team was announced. Despite the victory, Nicklaus Bendtner draws a lot of stick – but also a mix of praise and understanding. For the record, M Salut thought his second touch when put through by Sessegnon’s superb pass was very poor and cost us a goal, but also that on a number of occasions, when fed hopeful hoofed balls with his back to goal, his touch was intelligent and controlled.
Mig in goal. Colback and gardner full backs. McClean on for rico. Westwood injured. Single figures will do me.
This really is a hotch potch of a team with midfielders at full back. Could get rather messy.
Brown off with a groin. In steps Kilgallon. Oh dear…
Well f*** me, what an amazing result. Man of the match? Cattermole was absolutely immense. Followed imo by Colback, yes Colback and Kilgallon.
Agree…..Cattermole was pure class and not sure we could fault anyone (with the exception of Bentdner who clearly couldn’t give a s***)! Brilliant!
That’s the MoN factor for you!!!!!!!!!!!
F****** get in! Absolutely agreed; that was a Lee Cattermole game but he saw off De Jong and was easily man of the match. Colback gave the kind of performance at left back that we’ve *never* seen from Richardson (though circumstances arguably dictated) and even Kilgallon was sharp. Mention to Miggy too… he didn’t have much to do but did what he had too, despite being dressed as Batman. Marvellous stuff… I was shouting so much at the end that I doubt I’ll see either of our cats for at least a week!
Particularly agree about Bentdner who was rubbish.
We did ride our luck a bit, but we worked really hard for the result and could have scored 3 goals.
… we got the rub of the green that we didn’t get against Everton. Ji looked about a yard offside to me.
City looked a bit short of guile to break down a superbly disciplined midfield and defence. Even if we’d lost, I’d definitely rate the performance as signs of genuine improvement under MoN. I also noticed he’s improved discipline; the card count has really come down.
Cattermole was awesome but it was Sessegnon for me even though the goal was offside his play made it. We’d be lost without Sess. Cattermole is a new and much better player, though, under O’Neill. And Ji took the goal really well … Yes, Bendtner should be shot for not scoring in the first 2 mins from a Sessegnon pass.
What a pick-me-up. Fantastic result. Won the game without a striker as bendtner is a f****** joke. Does he have any redeeming qualities? Lazy. Can’t hold it up. Can’t finish. Offered nowt. But the other 10 plus jong were magnificent. Cattermole was immense.
What a great finish – i’ve not celebrated a goal as much as that for a long while… I’ve decided that New Year’s resolutions don’t start till tomorrow – gonna celebrate hard tonight!
Totally agree about sess. He’s our main man. If he could finish he’d be worth 30m. Still think the likes of spurs and arsenal will be sniffing about soon.
MON’s post match interview was a joy to listen to. Very calm, very measured and very funny.
With Peter Reid deep in his Sunderland nostalgia mode and Sir Niall at his ambassadorial best, it was a good day on Sky TV.
I had Cattermole as MOM. Fantastic. Pressing, tackling, twisting, turning, short passes, long passes to the wings. Really excellent. Sessegnon, Colback also brilliant. I thought Bendtner had a good game, though, except for his early miss which he should have done much better with. I think he holds the ball up really well and is usually intelligent with it. He isn’t a goal scorer, though, and makes a few mistakes that make him look an idiot.
Took Edith today – first game at 7 months. I’m going to get her a season ticket after that. One of the best defensive performances I’ve ever seen but the best thing was how the crowd really connected with the team. The celebrations at the end were so passionate. Bendtner was total c***.
Dave – I’m not sure whether you’ve had too much to drink last night & haven’t yet recovered or you’re just being sarcastic! Bendtner was absolutely shocking, he just doesn’t hold up the ball, and it’s bouncing all over the place while he tries to bring it under control. He’s always behind the play, looks like he can’t be bothered to run at times, wins nothing in the air, I don’t think he had a shot on target all afternoon. No, he doesn’t make a few mistakes, he does little more than make mistakes – and he’s an idiot!
The atmosphere before the game was pretty relaxed, really, everybody resigned to the defeat and more bothered about the Wigan match but I just kept thinking that this was the only game being shown around the world, the whole world was going to be watching this raggle taggle bunch of misfits and I was just praying we didn’t get humiliated. I feel so proud to be a Sunderland supporter tonight, the messages are already coming in from all over the planet. Marvellous.
I’m really surprised at the criticism of Bendtner’s performance today, apart from that early miss and a couple of occasions where he ran away rather than challenge for it, but I was relieved when David posted his views which agreed with my own. May not have looked much on the telly but he really put in a shift and always gave us an option when the ball needed clearing. I’m not a fan of his at all but when he went
off we really slumped, Ji never got into the game, brought us absolutely nowt by comparison, until …… Sadly the Asian contingent at the back of the press area weren’t there today, probably given up hope of him getting a decent runout, but he won’t half be a hero among all those Korean Man Utd supporters tonight. Can’t wait to see the goal on Football First.
… Must mention the Citeh fans who were absolutely pathetic, probably the worst I’ve seen, never got behind the team at all, couple of little “Come on, Citeh” chants and that was it. It was like they were just waiting for the inevitable goal so they could do their daft Poznan thing. Totally different to United’s away support. Even worse, when I wished them luck in the Europa League after the match, and suggested that the owner’s money may not actually have been very well spent, they became quite unpleasant. Never laughed so much for ages.
I thought Niklaus did ok. He has to dominate central defenders for you lot to give him any credit, when he merely gets his fair share against the league leaders and misses an early chance he gets slated. Smacks of needing someone to slag off. I though Gardner and Sessegnon were excellent, but in my book everyone contributed and I loved it that we won because they couldn’t be arsed to run back and defend. Brilliant start to 2012.
Turns out Larsson had the same bug that had struck down Westwood and Richardson and had spent all of yesterday in bed and, according to O’Neill, wasn’t expected to last much beyond 20 minutes. Watch him nearly collapse in the centre circle after passing to McLean at the start of our goalscoring move. Respect.
Also, the Man in the Mask definitely deserves plaudits – looks very much like he’s got no nose left thanks to Elbows Heskey.
I thought NB was Ok today. Thankless task as most of the time he didn’t have a Sunderland player within 30 yards of him. He chased and tried to close down as best he could, was OK when he had the ball and did his best to bring other players into the game.
He has shown improvement since MoN arrived, but doubt he will stay longer than the summer.
Well I’ve just watched the game again & I still think NB was crap!
Whilst the credit must go for the overall team display, I thought Catts was superb. I think I’ve been a lone voice for many months now saying that I thought there was a good player in there somewhere. He doesn’t even look like getting booked nowadays!… Up until his injury, I had Brown down as our best performer. Hopefully it’s not too serious, but I can’t see him making Wigan. O’Shea probably had his best game yet for us as well. Larsson’s work rate was immense, possibly even more than Catts. Halfway through the season, I’ve got him as my PotY, which I guess will differ from the majority, who I think will vote for Sess. I think there’s only myself & Mick G still unconvinced by Sess. Yes, he’s got some great skills, but will never be a goalscorer, and is too lightweight. Unfortunately, he’s a bit of a diver as well … McClean had a decent starting debut. Wingers invariably are a bit of an enigma, particularly when it comes down to workrate & tackling back in their own half. Again, McClean works his socks off in that respect, he’s still got some way to go, but he seems determined to make the most of his opportunity.
I think what everyone seems to be missing about today’s result though, is that we played to a game plan & stuck to it. Even the substitutions & their timing worked today. This has to be down to MON & his coaching staff.
Hmm, that’ll be Stephane “No End Product” Sessegnon. No end product, apart from an assist for Ji’s goal today, an assist for Colback’s goal on Boxing Day, a brilliant goal against QPR and an assist for Richardson’s goal at Molineux since O’Neill arrived on the scene. Three goals (joint second) and he leads us in assists. Yep, pretty unconvincing.
Truth is, Sessegnon does have his faults but if he didn’t he wouldn’t be playing for us. I’ll gladly take his eccentricities.
Watched the match in a bar in Philidelphia – no other Sunderland support & just a sprinkling of Citeh support. The locals seemed a bit bemused by my & two daughters’ reaction when we scored. Very friendly people these Americans – wanting to congratulate us on our unexpected victory.
What a team performance – disciplined & under the circumstances reasonably efficient when we got possession of the ball. There was the fear that we were defending too deep ( inevitable in the circumstances ) in the last 20 minutes. Under pressure we all know it’s crucial to get hold of the ball & to be fair to Bendtner we made his job very difficult at times lumping it forward. A lot of the time he is trying to head the ball to himself as he has little support when are are defending with numbers behind the ball. I am not a fan of his but let’s be fair doing doggies all day for the benefit of your team is vary rarely appreciated by a lot of supporters. In hindsight I am glad he muffed his opportunity – way too early to score against teams of Citeh’s quality.
Magnificenmt performance. For me Cattermole and Kilgallon (hats off to him having not played a PL game since May 2010). Surprised that nobody has mentioned Gardner who had a blinder too.
Bendtner; He is a disgrace to professional football and I am sure will be sent packing in the Jan window. Lazy, arrogant poser. He is f****** useless.
I was berating Ji for crossing the ball which ultimately led to the goal. I was wanting him to head to the corner flag with it. Great work with Sess who for me is great even when he’s below par. What a result. I was confident that we wouldn’t lose today before the game but that confidence went as far as a draw only. Fantastic! 2012 could be a great year. MON has released the power.
ps Actually forgot to mention that I was shouting the same thing at Ji when he got possession. I was almost beside meself during stoppage time! We of little faith eh?
I picked out Gardner but you probably stopped reading my post at “Niklaus” and never made it that far.
Ji took his goal incredibly well .. his close control was just sublime.