Step forward one Hamish McBardsley, never known to score but popping up in the 80th minute with a stunning 25-yard winner, the kind of shot he allegedly produces routinely in training. The bad news: Meyler and Welbeck off on stretchers, Meyler’s injury looking really serious. Starting with a hard-won win at Villa Park – second half enlivened by the goal and two sendings off, Bolo’s Zenden’s double yellow following Emile Heskey’s straight red – this is Sunderland AFC in snapshot.
Almost every week Pete Sixsmith offers his inimitable seven-word verdict on our games. When, rarely, Pete is absent, a supersub does it for him. The full archive – see link below – encapsulates the matchday experiences, from darkest gloom to sublime elation, of a fan who is usually there …
Jan 5 2011 Aston Villa (0) 0 SAFC (0) 1 Take your pick between 1) Bob and Tim Chapman: * Aerial battle settled by Bardsley super strike or 2) Sobs: * Deserved battling win – but at what cost?
Jan 1 2011 SAFC (2) 3 Blackburn Rovers (0) 0 Comfortable rather than convincing against feeble opposition
Dec 28 SAFC (0) 0 Blackpool (0) 2 Miss chances, you lose matches. That simple.
Dec 26 2010 Manchester United (1) 2 SAFC (0) 0 United simply miles better than we were
Dec 18 2010 SAFC (1) 1 Bolton Wanderers (0) 0 Marginally the better team. Merry Christmas all
Dec 11 2010 Fulham (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Unambitiously scrappy draw, but Mensah was immense
To see Sixer’s Sevens in full, click here. If an asterisk precedes the comment, the words that follow are the work of someone else because Pete is for once absent from the game or his verdict has been delayed …