Monsieur Salut writes: the season is underway – with a 1-1 draw at home to Derby County – and so is the 2017-2018 edition of Sixer’s Sevens, in which Pete Sixsmith captures the essence of each game in just seven words. An asterisk before the verdict indicates that Sixer was absent and the words have been supplied by a supersub.
Simon Grayson made it clear in pre-match interviews that Sunderland are not only not in the Neymar league as far as transfer activity goes, but may not even be in the PNE league (my interpretation of his comments}.
Minutes before kickoff tonight, Monsieur Salut invited Sixer to rate his confidence on a scale of -5 to 3. His reply: ‘0.’ When we went a goal down on 11 minutes, he blamed the ‘usual appalling defending’. And he said he would have been furious had the ref awarded against us the sort of soft penalty for handball that enabled Lewis Grabban to open his SAFC goalscoring account and equalise.
His seven-worder at half time would have been ‘plenty of charging about but little quality’. Read on: he clearly saw some merit in our endeavours …
August 4 2017 Sunderland (1) Derby County (1) Encouraging second half. Something to build on
August 10 2017 EFL Cup: Bury () Sunderland ()
August 13 Norwich City () Sunderland ()
August 16 Sheffield Wednesday () Sunderland
August 19 Sunderland () Leeds United ()
August 26 Barnsley () Sunderland ()