Sixer’s Sevens: short, sharp matchday verdicts

Sixer by Jake


It seemed a good moment to refresh this, the full list of seven-word verdicts on each Sunderland game by Pete Sixsmith, Salut! Sunderland‘s peerless chronicler and sage. They appear as soon after each final whistle as we can manage (which sometimes may not be as soon as we’d like), and should be seen here and at a posting updated after the match. If an asterisk precedes the comment, the words that follow are the work of someone else …

April 14 2013 Newcastle United (0) 0 SAFC 3 (1)Such days come once in a generation

April 7 2013 Chelsea 2 (0) SAFC 1 (1) *Huge improvement gives us hope of survival

April 7 1973 FA Cup Semi Final: SAFC 2 (1) Arsenal 1 (0) Wembley bound without a F****** in sight

March 31 2013 SAFC 0 (0) Manchester United 1 (1) Did OK, but OK doesn’t win points

March 17 2013 SAFC 1 (1) Norwich City 1 (1) Abysmal yet again and trapdoor is opening

March 17 1973 FA Cup Sixth Round SAFC 2 (0) Luton Town (0) 0 No classic but another step to Wembley

March 9 Queens Park Rangers 3 (1) SAFC 1 (1) * We deserved nothing from another shocking performance

March 2 2013 SAFC 2 (1) Fulham (2) 2 Better in second half after woeful first

Feb 27 1973 FA Cup 5th round replay SAFC 3 (2) Manchester City 1 (0) City slickers subdued by scintillating Sunderland show

Feb 24 1973 FA Cup 5th round Manchester City 2 (1) SAFC 2 (1) Magnificent performance that belies our lowly status

Feb 23 2013 West Bromwich Albion 2 (1) SAFC 1 (0) Another disappointment. Looking over our shoulders again

Feb 9 2013 SAFC 0 (0) Arsenal 1 (1) *Second half fightback fails to earn point

Feb 2 2013 Reading 2 (1) SAFC 1 (1) *More points thrown away by shoddy defending

Jan 29 2013 SAFC 0(0) Swansea City 0(0) Be thankful Swansea don’t have a Fletcher

Jan 19 2013 Wigan Athletic (1) 2 SAFC (3) 3 Important win but nerves shredded at end

Jan 15 2013 FA Cup Third Round replay: SAFC (0) 0 Bolton Wanderers (0) 2 What a difference three days make: awful

Jan 12 2013 SAFC (1) 3 West Ham United (0) 0 Great show by Vaughan inspired comfortable win

Jan 5 2013 FA Cup Third Round: Bolton Wanderers (1) 0 SAFC (0) 2 *A Gardner wonder strike saves the day

Jan 2 2013 Liverpool (2) 3 SAFC (0) 0 Our heads went down second half – worrying

Dec 29 2012 SAFC (1) 1 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 2 Nearly a draw but not quite there

Dec 26 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Manchester City (0) 0 What a wonderful way to spend Boxing Day

Dec 23 2012 Southampton (0) 0 SAFC (1) 1 Jingle bells, jingle bells, Sunderland win away <

Dec 16 2012 Manchester United (2) 3 SAFC (0) 1 Dismal first half defending cost us dear

Dec 11 2012 SAFC (2) 3 Reading (0) 0 Just a comfortable win against poor oppositon

Dec 8 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Chelsea (2) 3 Far better performance than the scoreline suggests

Dec 2 2012 Norwich City (2) 2 SAFC (1) 1 Took too long to get into game.

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Nov 27 2012 SAFC (0) 0 Queens Park Rangers (0) 0 Won’t see a poorer game all season

Nov 23 2012 SAFC (0) 2 West Bromwich Albion (2) 4 Ridiculous scoreline but too many basic errors

Nov 18 2012 Fulham 1 (0) SAFC 3 (0) Good goals, better performance, 3 important points

Nov 10 2012 Everton (0) 2 SAFC (1) 1 Chances created, which is progress. Much better

Nov 3 2012 SAFC 0 (0) Aston Villa 1 (0) Another abject performance. A long winter looms

Oct 30 2012 Capital One Cup Fourth Round: SAFC 0 (0) Middlesbrough 1 (1) Plan B even worse than plan A

Oct 27 2012 Stoke City (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Don’t bother with MoTD: a real stinker

Oct 21 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Newcastle United (1) 1 Got out of jail. Just about deserved

Oct 6 2012 Manchester City (1) 3 SAFC (0) 0 Never gave up but City simply better.

Sept 29 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Wigan Athletic (0) 0 Scrappy performance but a win’s a win

Sept 25 2012 Capital One Cup 3rd Round: MK Dons (0) 0 SAFC (0) 2 Second goal settles nerves for comfortable win

Sept 15 2012 SAFC (1) Liverpool (0) 1 More than happy to take a point

Sept 1 2012 Swansea City (1) 2 SAFC (2) 2 *Lack of ambition against 10 cost points

Aug 28 2012 Capital One Cup Round 2: SAFC (1) 2 Morecambe (0) 0 Shrimps potted as we stroll to victory
Aug 18 2012 Arsenal (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Gritty, determined and a well earned point

May 13 2012 SAFC (0) 0 Manchester United (1) 1 Better second half of a fascinating afternoon

May 6 2012 Fulham (2) 2 SAFC (1) 1 Lacked quality when and where it mattered

April 28 2012 SAFC (1) 2 Bolton Wanderers (1) 2 Fair result: both sides could have won

April 21 2012 Aston Villa (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Chances spurned but a much better performance

April 14 2012 SAFC (0) 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) 0 Minimum excitement, maximum frustration: a dreary afternoon

April 9 2012 Everton (0) 4 SAFC (0) 0 There’s poor, really poor and there’s this

April 7 2012 SAFC (0) 0 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0 More than matched a Champions League side

March 31 2012 Manchester City (1) 3 SAFC (2) 3 How frustrating when we deserved three points

March 27 2012 FA CUP 6th round replay: SAFC (0) 0 Everton (1) 2 Everton simply better. Hope they win it.

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 6h 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

Feb 25 2012 West Bromwich Albion (2) 4 SAFC (0) 0 Baggies better by far as bubble bursts

Feb 18 2012 FA CUP 5th round: SAFC (1) 2 Arsenal (0) A wonderfully gritty performance brings deserved victory

Feb 11 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Arsenal (0) 2 Played well but undone by goalkeeping errors

Feb 8 2012 FA Cup 4th round replay: Middlesbrough (0) 1 SAFC (1) 2 Quality came through in rousing cup tie

Feb 4 2012 Stoke City (0) 0 SAFC (0) 1 *McClean clincher makes winter seem less bleak or (Sixer’s delayed verdict) bêtes noires beaten in Artic type conditions

Feb 1 2012 SAFC (2) 3 Norwich City (0) 0 An absolute stroll as Canaries brushed aside

Jan 29 2012 FA Cup 4th Round: SAFC (0) 1 Middlesbrough (1) 1 Honours even in typically scrappy cup derby

Jan 21 2012 SAFC (1) 2 Swansea City (0) 0 Quality goals and a very disciplined <>performance

Jan 14 2012 Chelsea (1) 1 SAFC (0) 0 * Fine performance not reflected in the score

Jan 8 2012 FA Cup 3rd round: Peterborough United 0 (0) SAFC 2 (0) No banana skin as Posh pushed over

Jan 3 2012 Wigan Athletic (0) 1 SAFC (1) 4 Merrily we roll along as Wigan destroyed

Jan 1 2012 SAFC (0) 1 Manchester City (0) 0 An absolutely incredible win. O’Neill is god

Dec 26 2011 SAFC (1) 1 Everton (0) 1 Wind and Webb deny us a win

Dec 21 2011 Queens Park Rangers (0) 2 SAFC (1) 3 Deserved to win despite mad ten minutes

Dec 18 2011 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1 SAFC (0) 0 One sloppy pass undoes a solid performance

Dec 11 2011 SAFC (0) 2 Blackburn Rovers (1) 1 Sheer perseverance gives MON vital winning start

Dec 4 2011 Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) 2 SAFC (0) 1 More points sacrificed through weak, sloppy defending

Nov 26 2011 SAFC (1) 1 Wigan Athletic (1) 2 *Bruce’s reign surely over after this debacle. That was M Salut’s verdict, followed by these from Mr Sixsmith: “Shambolic defending spells end for Bruce now”, “He must go after another clueless performance”, “Got what we deserved after brainless display”, “Pressed the self destruct button yet again”, “Second half shocker means Bruce’s time’s up” and finally “Print them all”.

Nov 19 2011 SAFC (0) 0 Fulham (0) 0 Truly appalling game lacking pace, creativity, threat

Nov 5 2011 Manchester United (1) 1 SAFC (0) 0 Decent performance but slipshod defending cost us

Oct 29 2011 SAFC 2 (1) Aston Villa 2 (1) … Determination and effort produced a fair result

Oct 22 2011 Bolton Wanderers (0) 0 SAFC (0) 2 … Team selection vindicated in impressive second half

Oct 16 2011 Arsenal (1) 2 SAFC (1) 1 Defended bravely but attacking options barely existed

Oct 1 2011 SAFC (2) 2 West Bromwich Albion (2) 2 Deserved point after a truly horrendous start

Sept 26 2011 Norwich City (1) 2 SAFC (0) 1 Absolutely no positives to take from this

Sept 18 2011 SAFC 4 (3) Stoke City (0) 0 What a difference the right selection makes

Sept 10 2011 SAFC (0) 1 Chelsea (1) 2 Comical defending hands Chelsea their regulation win

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Aug 27 2011 Swansea City (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Uninspiring game. Both teams look like strugglers

Aug 23 2011 Carling Cup 2nd Round: Brighton & Hove Albion (0) 1 SAFC (0) 0 Abysmal team selection got what it deserved

Aug 20 2011 SAFC (0) 0 Newcastle United (0) 1 Totally outfought in dismal second half display

Aug 13 2011 Liverpool (1) 1 SAFC (0) 1 Came back well, better side second half

2010-2011 Season

May 22 2011 West Ham (0) 0 SAFC (1) 3 take your pickUnbeaten in London and above the Mags OR Easy win and well done West Brom

May 14 2011 SAFC (1) 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) 3 … We ran out of steam; Wolves didn’t

May 7 2011 Bolton Wanderers (0) 1 SAFC (1) 2 Great result, strong performance and safety assured

April 30 2011 SAFC (0) 0 Fulham (1) 3 No forwards, creaky defence, hurry up summer

April 23 2011 SAFC (0) 4 Wigan Athletic (0) 2 Showed great character for well deserved win

April 16 2011 Birmingham City (1) 2 SAFC (0) 0 Soft goals mean our position is critical

April 9 2011 SAFC (2) 2 West Bromwich Albion (2) 3 All our weaknesses horribly exposed: totally inept

April 3 2011 Manchester City (2) 5 SAFC (0) 0 No shape, no fight, heading for oblivion

March 20 2011 SAFC (0) 0 Liverpool (1) 2 Liverpool better, but crucial decisions against us

March 5 2011 Arsenal (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 Take your pick: A solid performance to be proud of or Better than Barca as we thwart Gunners

Feb 26 2011 Everton (2) 2 SAFC (0) 0 Were never in the game; easily beaten

Feb 12 2011 SAFC (1) 1 Tottenham Hotspur (1) 2 Beaten by side one step above us

Feb 5 2011 Stoke City (1) 3 SAFC (1) 2 Take your pick: Horrible result against a truly horrible team or A refereeing performance that defies reasonable analysis

Feb 1 2011 SAFC (2) 2 Chelsea (2) 4 Cracking game deservedly won by arrogant Blues

Jan 22 2011 Blackpool (0) 1 SAFC (2) 2 Excellent first half but tight at end

Jan 16 2010 SAFC (0) 1 Newcastle United (0) 1 Bacon saved by Gian, but scarcely deserved

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, lose games. Simple as that

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

Dec 5 SAFC (1) 1 West Ham United (0) 0 Made hard work of beating relegation certainties

Nov 27 Wolves (0) 3 SAFC (0) 2 Points thrown away by totally inept defending

Nov 22 SAFC (1) 2 Everton (1) 2 Fair result but should have held on

Nov 14 Chelsea (0) 0 SAFC (1) 3 Best performance in years: a stunning show

Nov 9 2010 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1 SAFC (0) 1 * Classy equaliser, gutsy defending bring just reward

Nov 6 2010 SAFC (1) 2 Stoke City (0) 0 New boys beat old boys – but wobbly

Oct 31 2010 Newcastle United (3) 5 SAFC (0) 1 A complete embarrassment from beginning to end

Oct 23 2010 SAFC (1) 1 Aston Villa (0) 0 Just enough to hang on, but shaky

Oct 18 2010 Blackburn Rovers (0) 0 SAFC (0) 0 A complete waste of a Monday night

Oct 2 2010 SAFC (0) 0 Manchester United (0) 0 Were superior throughout and completely outplayed United

Sat Sept 25 2010 Liverpool (1) 2 SAFC (1) 2 Showed real quality and deserved to win

Tues Sept 21 2010 Carling Cup: SAFC (1) 1 West Ham (1) 2 Disappointing: as flat as Saturday was sharp

Sat Sept 18 2010 SAFC (0) 1 Arsenal (1) 1Late, but point was least we deserved

Sat Sept 11 2010 Wigan Athletic (0) 1 SAFC (0) 1 Good result which shows we have character

Sun Aug 29 2010 SAFC 1 (0) v Manchester City (0) 0 Nothing wrong with this team. Great performance

Tues Aug 24 2010 Carling Cup: SAFC (2) 2 Colchester United (0) 0 * Bent double, simply no less than expected

Sat Aug 21 2010 West Bromwich Albion (0) 1 SAFC (0) 0 Lost concentration and lacked composure. Not impressive.

Sat Aug 14 2010 SAFC 2 (1) v Birmingham City 2 (0) Postive outweights negatives but Cattermole’s stupidity costs

May 9 2010 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (1) Sunderland (1) 1 Deeply disappointing finale lacking quality and determination

May 2 2010 Sunderland (0) 0 v Manchester United (1) 1 Good performance bodes well for next season

Apr 24 2010 Hull City (0) 0 Sunderland (1) 1 Good to win away but a horrible game

Apr 17 2010 Sunderland (2) 2 Burnley (0) 1Comfortable win but edgy at the end

Apr 10 2010 West Ham 1 (0) Sunderland 0 (0) Yet another disappointing away performance. Deserved nothing

Apr 3 2010 Sunderland (2)3 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1Absolutely tremendous game and a great win

Mar 28 2010 Liverpool (2) 3 Sunderland (0) 0 Well beaten by a far better side

Mar 24 2010 Aston Villa (1) 1 Sunderland (1) 1 Excellent performance from a well balanced side*

Mar 20 2010 Sunderland (2) 3 Birmingham City (0) 1 Magnificent Gordon’s heroics ensure three vital points

Mar 14 2010 Sunderland (1) 1 Man City (0) 1 Very frustrating: this performance deserved a win

Mar 9 2010 Sunderland 4 (1) Bolton 0 (0) Comfortable in the end – what a relief

Feb 28 2010 Sunderland (0) 0 Fulham (0) 0 Well, at least we got a point

Feb 20 2010 Arsenal (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 0 Seen worse, but the slide goes on

Feb 09 2010 Portsmouth (0) 1 Sunderland (1) 1 Self destructive challenges mean still no win*

Feb 06 2010 Sunderland (0) 1 Wigan Athletic (1) 1 More endeavour still fails to conjure win*

Feb 01 2010 Sunderland (0) 0 Stoke City (0) 0 A game that defines the word ‘turgid’

Jan 27 2010 Everton (2) 2 Sunderland (0) 0 Hard to find the good in Goodison

Jan 23 2010 FA Cup 4th round: Portsmouth (1) 2 Sunderland (1) 1 Defensive clangers set off the Pompey chimes

Jan 16 2010 Chelsea 7 (4) Sunderland (2 (0) Embarrassing? Not quite as good as that*

Jan 02 2010 Sunderland (1) 3 Barrow (0) 0 A competent performance but lacking clinical finishing

Dec 28 2009 Blackburn Rovers (0) 2 Sunderland (0) 2 Brilliant Bent should be furious with defenders

Dec 26 2009 Sunderland (1) 1 Everton (0) 1 Incapable – again – of closing a game down

Dec 19 2009 Man City (3) 4 Sunderland (2) 3 Third rate defending leads to dismal defeat

Dec 15 2009 Sunderland (0) 0 Aston Villa (1) 2 Competed, but well beaten by superior opponents

Dec 12 2009 Sunderland (1) 1 Portsmouth (0) 1 A horrible game that exposed our weaknesses

Dec 6 2009 Fulham 1 (0) Sunderland 0 (0) Blustering fightback insufficient after wretched first half

Nov 28 2009 Wigan 1 (0) Sunderland (0) 0 Complete failure to show last week’s qualities

Nov 21 2009 Sunderland 1 (0) Arsenal 0 (0) A compelling, absorbing and absolutely wonderful win

Nov 7 2009 Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland Ref’s inability to apply rules costs dear

Oct 31 2009 Sunderland (1) 2 West Ham (2) 2 Fabulous fightback foils Hammers and rotten ref

Oct 27 2009 Carling Cup: Penalty shootout: Sunderland (0) 1 Aston Villa (0) 3 Two glorious chances spurned equals penalty misery

Oct 24 2009 Birmingham (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 1 Not even beachballs would have helped today

Oct 17 2009 Sunderland v Liverpool :Fabulous team performance personified by superb Cana

Oct 3 2009 Manchester United (0) 2 v Sunderland (1) 2 Take your pick:Feels like a defeat but it shouldn’t or Jammy, jammy Manchester United in injury time

Sept 27 2009 Sunderland 5 (1) v Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (0)Not as easy as the scoreline suggests

Sept 22 2009 Carling Cup: Sunderland (2) 2 Birmingham City (0) Ninety minutes for once free of stress

Sept 19 2009 Burnley (1) 3 v Sunderland (1) 1 Outfought and out-thought in dismal second half

Sept 12 2009 Sunderland (1) 4 Hull City (1) 1 Slick second half show as sun shines

Aug 29 2009 Stoke City 1 (1) Sunderland (0) 0 Squeezed out too easily by determined opponents

Aug 24 2009 Norwich City (0) 1 Sunderland (3) 4 Pleasant day out followed by comfortable win

Aug 22 2009 Sunderland (1) 2 Blackburn Rovers (1) 1 Hard game, deserved win: Jones, Cana outstanding

Aug 18 2009: Sunderland (1) 1 Chelsea (0) 3 Started well but outclassed by superior opponents

Aug 15 2009 : Bolton Wanderers (0) 0 Sunderland (1) 1 Deserved victory with many positives to take

How it looked in season 2008-2009

May 24 2009 Sunderland 2 (0) Chelsea 3 (0) Better performance but Villa are the heroes

May 18 2009 Portsmouth (0) 3 Sunderland (0) 1 Another defensive horror show threatens another relegation

May 9 2009 Bolton (0) O Sunderland (0) O Effort and commitment but still need point

May 3 2009 Sunderland (0) 0 Everton (0) 2 Another defensive shambles, another nail in coffin

April 25 2009 West Bromwich Albion (1) 3 Sunderland (0) 0 A performance so bad it defies description

April 18 2009 Sunderland (1) 1 v Hull City (0) 0 Vital win in a truly awful game

April 11 2009 Sunderland (0) 1 v Man United (1) 2 Better performance than result gives some hope

April 04 2009 West Ham United 2 (1) v Sunderland (0) 0 Dreadful result and performance enhances relegation credentials

March 22 2009 Man City 1 (0) v Sunderland (0) 0 Battled away bravely. Just not sharp enough

March 14 2009 Sunderland (1) 1 v Wigan Athletic (2) 2 Clueless, brainless, disorganised, pathetic, pitiful equals relegation

March 7 2009 Sunderland 1 (1) v Tottenham Hotspur 1 (0) Robbed of vital points by shocking referreeing

March 3 2009 Liverpool (0) 2 v Sunderland (0) 0 Predictable defeat. Makes a Saturday win essential

Feb 21 2009 Arsenal (0) 0 Sunderland (0) 0 Outstanding performances from Fulop through to Jones

Feb 7 2009 Sunderland (0) 2 Stoke City (0) 0 Stoke make us work for crucial win

Feb 4 2009 FA Cup 4th round replay: Blackburn Rovers 2 (1) Sunderland 1 (1) AET Good performance, but again we lack punch

Feb 1 2009 Newcastle Unitd 1 (0) Sunderland (1) 1 Another poor decision, but disappointing second half

Jan 27 2009 Sunderland(0) 1 1 Fulham (0) 0 Three vital points. Now for the Mags

Jan 24 2009 Sunderland (0) 0 Blackburn Rovers (0) 0 No cup magic in this dismal offering

Jan 17 2009 Sunderland (1) 1 Aston Villa (& Mike Dean) (0) 2 Total frustration as valuable points slip away

Jan 10 2009 Middlesbrough (1) 1 v Sunderland (0) 1 A game we clearly should have won

Jan 3 2009 FA Cup 3rd Round: Sunderland 2 (0) v Bolton Wanderers (0) 1 Decent showing puts us on Wembley trail

Dec 28 2008 Everton 3 (2) Sunderland (0) 0 Pathetic, against a team with no forwards

Dec 26 2008 Sunderland (0) 0 v Blackburn Rovers (0) 0 No Christmas cracker as Blackburn sit tight

Dec 20 2008 Hull City (1) 1 Sunderland (1) 4 Brilliant second half show to tame Tigers

Dec 13 2008 Sunderland (3) 4 West Bromwich Albion (0) 0 Comfortable win puts smiles on our faces

Dec 6 2008 Man Utd (0) 1 Sunderland (0) 0 Cruel defeat after disciplined if negative performance

Nov 29 2008 Sunderland (1) 1 v Bolton Wanderers (3) 4 Embarrassing and humiliating. Major changes needed now

Nov 23 2008 Sunderland (0) 0 v West Ham (1) 1 One-dimensional approach cannot break down opposition

Nov 15 2008 Blackburn (1) 1 v Sunderland (0) 2 Great second half brings end to slump

Nov 12 2008 Carling Cup: Sunderland (0) 1 Blackburn (0) 2 Shoddy defending has those bells really clanging

Nov 8 2008 Sunderland (1) 1 Portsmouth (0) 2 Alarm bells ringing after woeful second half

Nov 01 2008 Chelsea 5 (3) v SAFC 0 (0) Never has a bubble burst so quickly

Oct 29 2008 Stoke City 1 (0) v SAFC 0 (0) Not one chance created against limited opposition

Oct 25 2008 SAFC 2 (1) Newcastle 1 (1) Absolutely bloody marvellous. Mags beaten at last

Oct 18 2008 Fulham (0) 0 v SAFC (0) 0 Foiled by woodwork and bewildering referee’s decision

Oct 4 2008 SAFC (0) 1 v Arsenal (0) 1 Disciplined performance that deserved a famous win

Sept 27 2008 Aston Villa (2) 2 v SAFC (1) 1 Played well but couldn’t force deserved draw

Sept 23 2008 Carling Cup: SAFC (4-3 on penalties) (0) 2 Northampton (1) 2 Thoroughly undeserved, after a truly shocking display

Sept 20 2008 SAFC (0) 2 v Middlesbrough (0) 0 Old boys win well in second half

Sept 13 2008 Wigan (0) 1 SAFC (1) 1 Little pleasure in watching this scrappy showing

Aug 31 2008 SAFC 0 v Manchester City 3 Suicidal defending gives us harsh reality check

Aug 27 2008 Notts Forest 1 v SAFC 2 Embarrassment avoided, but not a great performance

Aug 23 2008 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1 v SAFC (0) 2 Strength and determination laced with real quality

Aug 16 2008 SAFC 0 v Liverpool 1 Cruel, but couldn’t sustain great first half display

THIS GAP has appeared … working to fill it

May 6, 2007: – Sixer – Luton 0 Sunderland 5 What a way to leave the Championship!!!!

May 6, 2007: – Salut! Sunderland – Luton 0 Sunderland 5 HOW TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN STYLE!

April 27, 2007: SAFC 3 Burnley 2 Carlos fantastic as our frayed nerves hold

April 27, 2007: SAFC 3 Burnley 2 YES! Sixer awaited, but a golden moment

April 21, 2007: Colchester 3 SAFC 1 Really worrying. Shocking defending and little created

April 14, 2007: SAFC 2 QPR 1 Easy win made hard, but nearly there*

April 9, 2007: Southampton 1 SAFC 2 Hardest game for ages but class tells

April 7, 2007: SAFC 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Deserved win, other results great, perfect day

March 31, 2007: Cardiff 0 SAFC 1 Great win against tenacious but limited opposition

March 17, 2007: SAFC 2 Hull City 0 Thanks Evans for Jonny; three priceless points

March 13, 2007: SAFC 2 v Stoke City 2 Good point against tough, disciplined opponents

March 10, 2007: Barnsley 0 v SAFC 2 Comfortable win that shows strength in depth

March 3, 2007: West Bromwich Albion 1 SAFC 2 No bounce in the Baggies after this

Feb 24, 2007: SAFC 2 Derby County 1 Pulsating game, great result. Promotion now on

Feb 20, 2007: Birmingham City 1 SAFC 1 Many positives; disappointing to drop two points

Feb 17, 2007: SAFC 4 Southend 0 Silky Sunderland swamp second-best Shrimpers

Feb 10, 2007: Plymouth 0 SAFC 2 Massive result with great Irish one two

Feb 3, 2007: SAFC 2 Coventry City 0 Yorke outstanding in deserved, hard fought win

Jan 30, 2007: SAFC 0 Crystal Palace 0 Stifled by strong defence but lacked imagination

Jan 20, 2007: Sheff Wed 2 SAFC 4 Easy win; looked hard for 10 mins

Jan 13 2007: SAFC 1 Ipswich 0 Spoiled by wind. New boys all impressed

* Sometimes there is a delay at Pete’s end and an emergency substitute is pressed into service. Sometimes there are technical difficulties. Sometimes Salut! Sunderland is caught napping. Preview seven-worders are also usually mine, not Pete’s. Between us, we do our best………

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3 thoughts on “Sixer’s Sevens: short, sharp matchday verdicts”

  1. Humble pie? Nowt o’ the sort, marra! That’s what you ramshackle lot were eating after Blackpool kicked your BLACK N WHITE ARSES. Beating Everton, home or away, is nowt to write home about. And we’ve climbed up the table as well, matey. But as you say, we’ll see later, eh?

  2. Feeling sore? why nar! weve just beat EVERTON AWAY and climbed up the table matey- but maybe you wont post this as its from a “MAG” and makes you eat humble pie- we will see later eh? “BLACK N WHITE ARMY!”

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