Here Pete Sixsmith captures the glory and shame, hope and despair, excitement and ennui of the Sunderland matchday experience. When, rarely, Pete is absent or delayed, a supersub does it for him and the seven-word verdict is preceded by an asterisk. Pete’s full analysis of the game will usually appear within a day or two.
Everton deservedly led 1-0 at half time. Tim Howard had little to do whereas Simon Mignolet had plenty before Nikica Jelavic’s goal went in. A sense of urgency, a grasp of midfield and an ability to threaten the Everton goal now and again are vital if we are to keep the cup dream alive. We saw none of that in the first 45 minutes.
FULL TIME: SAFC 0 EVERTON 2 – this posting has now been superseded by https://safc.blog/2012/03/sixers-sevens-safc-0-everton-2-not-remotely-good-enough/
The full Sixer’s Sevens archive – see link below – sums up what all Sunderland supporters feel, from darkest gloom to sublime elation, in the words of one who is usually there …
March 27 2012 FA CUP 6th round replay: SAFC (0) Everton (1) *Big improvement needed in the second half
March 24 2012 SAFC (1) 3 Queens Park Rangers (0) 1 Played very well and won with ease
March 20 2012 Blackburn Rovers (0) 2 SAFC (0) 0 Very disappointing. We looked tired and uninterested
March 17 2012 FA Cup 46h round: Everton (1) 1 SAFC (1) 1 Started well, on top but pushed back
March 10 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Liverpool (0) 0 Better by far than an average Liverpool
March 4 2012 Newcastle United (0) 1 SAFC (1) 1Players gave everything and deserved to win
Feb 25 2012 West Bromwich Albion (2) 4 SAFC (0) 0 Baggies better by far as bubble bursts
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 …