Sixers Seven’s: Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 1 – Clattermole keeps us on track (for relegation, that is)

Pete Sixsmith - or *supersub - does it in seven words
Pete Sixsmith – or *supersub – does it in seven words

This was another crucial game after fine away performances, so you know what happened. It looks to me, John Mac, ¬†as if 2014 is going to be as bad as 2013. Does Pete Sixsmith agree? Here’s his immediate post-match, seven-word verdict on a day of deepening gloom.


January 1 2014 Sunderland (0) 0 Aston Villa (1) 1 Dismal as our Premier place slips away

Jake says: Every time we build up our hopes we're CRAP!
Jake says: Every time we build up our hopes we’re CRAP!

December 28 2013 Cardiff City (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 2 Dragged a vital point out of that

December 26 2013 Everton (0) 0 Sunderland (1) 1 Hung on after interval but massive result

December 21 2013 SAFC (0) 0 Norwich City (0) 0 As stodgy as last year’s Christmas pud

December 17 2013 Capital One Cup 5th Round: SAFC (0) 2 Chelsea (0) 1 AET Ki seals comeback; didn’t see that coming

December 14 2013 West Ham Utd (0) 0 Sunderland (0) 0 Better side by miles – couldn’t finish it

December 8 2013 SAFC (1) 1 Tottenham Hotspur (1) 2 Score flatters us as task gets harder

December 4 2013 SAFC (1) 3 Chelsea (2) 4 Pushed a strong side all the way

November 30 2013 Aston Villa (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 *Villa almost undone by cream soda performance

November 23 2013 Stoke City (1) 2 SAFC (0) 0 Ridiculous red gave us an impossible task

November 10 2013 SAFC (1) 1 Manchester City (0) 0 A wonderfully disciplined performance. Real hope now

November 6 2013 Capital One Cup 4th Round: SAFC (0) 2 Southampton (0) 1 A tidy second half brings Wembley closer

November 2 2013 Hull City (1) SAFC (0) Damage limitation after appalling first half performance

October 27 2013 SAFC (1) 2 Newcastle United (0) 1 Bragging rights and a win. Good combination/ or Perfect Poyet puts another one over Pardew

October 19 2013 Swansea City 4 (0) SAFC 0 (0) No Poyet magic cure for abject failure*

October 5 2013 SAFC (1) 1 Manchester United (0) 2 Better side first half, outclassed in second

September 30 2013 SAFC (0) 1 Liverpool (2) 3 Spirit in abundance, undone by shoddy defending

September 24 2013 Capital One Cup 3rd Round: SAFC (1) 2 Peterborough United (0) 0 A solid performance without any touchline histrionics

September 21 2013 West Bromwich Albion 3 (1) SAFC 0 (0) Coach looks completely out of his depth

September 14 2013 SAFC (0) 1 Arsenal (1) 3 Performance far better than the result suggests

August 31 2013 Crystal Palace (1) 3 SAFC (0) 1 Nowhere near good enough for this league

August 27 2013 Capital One Cup 2nd Round: SAFC (0) 4 MK Dons (1) 2Outplayed, outclassed, somehow got out of jail

August 24 2013 Southampton (0) 1 SAFC (1) 1 The point was better than the performance

August 17 2013 SAFC (0) 0 Fulham (0) 1 Ultimately little difference from previous two seasons

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24 thoughts on “Sixers Seven’s: Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 1 – Clattermole keeps us on track (for relegation, that is)”

  1. Smoggie or Smaggie as I prefer, is just a troll . It’s easy to ignore it in theory ,but when it’s dominating and disrupting a lot of the threads with nothing constructive to say it basically ruins them. I do choose to ignore its cynically timed olive branches though when things get a bit heated for it because i simply believe they are disingenuous .

    • Agreed that it ruins the threads which is why I think it best just to ignore them – short of censorship, which is not a policy I’d like to see adopted without good reason (eg libel). M Salut has issued a yellow card though.

  2. Dave did you see Roberge’s error for the first Cardiff goal?

    Diakite was awful against Cardiff, that’s right and he was no better than ok against Villa.

    When you were a bairn did they teach you to pass the ball across the box to the last man or no?

  3. If it is genuinely 4/5 then get your money on. The side that played yesterday are much shorter odds than that to get relegated.
    Separately, what game was Jeremy watching? Diakite was dreadful at Cardiff but had a very good game yesterday. He cannot pass but he timed his tackles brilliantly and stopped a number of one on one breaks.
    We have been passing across the back 4 all the time under Poyet and, while it scares me every time, this is the first time we have come unstuck. To blame Roberge for the goal is ridiculous. He was just implementing the tactics the manager has given them. Cattermole has been very good recently but was awful yesterday.
    The other disappointment was giving points to a team as horrible as Villa. Time wasting in the first half, pretend head injuries whenever under pressure and flattening players again and again after they had passed the ball. The referee was unbelievably weak on that and I am not surprised Colback lost his head.
    When we go down, I really hope they are one of the other 2.

  4. While all this talks been going on I’ve been waiting to see when somebody would notice the scoreline on the top of this is wrong but nobody has. You can take wishfull thinking too far you know

    [now corrected, J.Mac]

  5. When I was a bairn I was taught to never pass the ball across your own box or close to it. Particularly when the intended recipient has the ball control of Cyril Smith’s Y fronts.

    Most errors do not have a single cause, and this one was no exception. Roberge is a catastrophe and so his marra at the back there Diahorrea.

  6. Disastrous non performance , the game is up. If that shower of sh##e want to get relegated , stop pretending otherwise . F## k off the lot of them ,Colback and Mannone aside , I hope the rest of them get sucked into a black hole!

  7. Lots of huffing and puffing as usual, but the bottom line is this team just isn’t good enough. After their relatively impressive Christmas season outings had provided a modicum of optimism, today when it was on the line, and at home against very mediocre opposition, they simply couldn’t get the job done. And it wasn’t through lack of effort, simply lack of talent.

    With the spectre of relegation looming large over the Black Cats, today result has shown it’s not so much a question of if, but rather a question of when.

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