Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0. After the Lord Mayor’s show

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

From ecstasy at Old Trafford to torpor at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland made hard work of non-league visitors. Pete Sixsmith spoke at half time of it all being too one-paced. Despite 10 corners and abundant possession and pressure, the game drew to a close with 3,000 away fans urging Harriers to grab a last-ditch equaliser. But Sunderland are through. A second Wembley trip looms? ..:

Jan 25 2014 FA Cup 4th Round: SAFC (1) 1 Kidderminster Harriers (0) 0 Won – that’s all there is to say.

Jan 22 2014 Capital One Cup semifinal second leg. AET: Manchester United (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 1 SAFC WIN 2-1 ON PENALTIES: Oh Vito Mannone. Oh Vito Mannone. Hero.

Jake: ' Gary Bennett was threatening to go home with 10 minutes left'
Jake: ‘ Gary Bennett was threatening to go home with 10 minutes left’

Jan 11 2014 Fulham (0) 1 Sunderland (2) 4: *Johnson hatrick destroys Fulham in winter sunshine

Jan 7 2014 Capital One Cup Semi-final First Leg: Sunderland (1) 2 Manchester United (0) 1 Deserved it. Shows what we can do

Jan 5 2014 FA Cup 3rd Round: Sunderland (1) 3 Carlisle Utd (1) 1 Comfortable in the end. Two youngsters sparkled

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

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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7 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: Sunderland 1 Kidderminster Harriers 0. After the Lord Mayor’s show”

  1. The alternative explanations that I have heard about Altidore

    a) he has no confidence
    b) he doesn’t get any service
    c) our system of play doesn’t suit him

    He has no confidence because he’s played like a drain since we signed him. He is never on the end of anything when the ball comes into the box, ever. What sort of system would suit a forward who doesn’t run into space, and never gets on the end of a cross and fails to try and make anything happen himself.

    Enough excuses. Not within a country mile of being good enough. I have real doubts about whether he would have any impact one or two divisions lower. Yesterday, even Celustka and Vergini got shots in, but not him.

    • He needs to go whether its a sale or loan. Wickham is streets ahead of him and even Danny Graham is a few patio’s ahead. Sell him back to a Dutch team if possible while he’s stock is still highish there.

    • @ Jeremy

      The enduring mystery is how did Di Fanti see a Premier League player in Josy? – but, on the other hand, how did Mr Short ever see a Director of Football in Di Fanti?

  2. We need to play differently at home – bang more crosses in for a start, as we’re too predictable. Another big home game looms, a similar win to this would do nicely but I’m not confident.

    You wonder whether Cattermole starting means he won’t v Stoke, but will at the Wongadome? The right decision by Gus I feel if that’s what he does, playing a midfield of Colback, Ki and maybe Gardner further forward in midweek.

    Altidore has lost all confidence now, if we fail to bring a striker in we may have to bring Whickham back. Although am I alone in wishing we could see Borini right up top?

  3. Couldn’t make the game and seeing coach loads of Harriers fans at Wetherby services while I was heading the other way only heightened my sense of missing out. As it turned out I didn’t miss much , nevertheless we won and we’re through . Decent crowd in my eyes as well,25 000+, there won’t be many bigger in this round of the competition . As someone who hasn’t seen any of the game all I can say is that our side had never played together before, many of them would have being first team rusty and we had a couple of debutants present aswell. So you were never going to be served up a flowing , sweeping , attacking master class from us . Add to that Harriers stout defending and by all accounts that made a poor game. But we’re through and Harriers leave with self respect intact,job done basically .

  4. I take it you mean Altidore, to be fair to him he got little in the way of quality service today, assist for the goal………but I share your concern.

    Problem is he appears to be pretty much a one dimensional player…….hoof it up to him and see if he can outmuscle the defence, can give good layoffs but is not great in possession otherwise.

    Need to look beyond Josey for the future am afraid.

  5. Any striker worth his salt would have scored at least two today yet we lumbered on and on why? Has he got it or was he a mistake? Hard to say at this stage but let us get behind him and hope it is just a blip

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