Moyes on the Boyes post-Watford: ‘Donald Love my man of the match’

Jake: ‘one nowt’

David Moyes‘s post-match messages may have become more impersonal – no ‘Dear Colin’s or ‘all the best’s, but we can live with that as long as the team is winning … the manager and Monsieur Salut differ on the identity of Sunderland’s man of the match in the 1-0 win against Watford (I chose Denayer at ESPN)

 

 

“Thankfully we’re back to winning ways with a massive victory, which we needed to get ourselves in a stronger position.

It was one of those games you look at and say you need to try to win it.

Today was always going to be tough because of the opposition. They’re strong, powerful and have some really good players in the team.

It wasn’t pretty, I would say that.

Donald [Love] was arguably our man of the match. I thought he and Victor [Anichebe] were excellent.

After coming into the team having been out, Donald played really well today, and good on the boy. He’s been out for a while and stuck with his training.

Hopefully he will continue to improve and we’ll have a player on our hands.

I don’t think we got up to speed in the first half, but in the second we looked more like it. Watford faded a little bit and we were able to capitalise on it.”

Salut! Sunderland welcomes Paddy McNair and Donald Love from Manchester United

Salut! Sunderland is delighted to extend a warm welcome to Paddy McNair and Donald Love, our latest new recruits, whose much-touted transfers were finally announced by SAFC today.

None of the usual “undisclosed fee” nonsense; the club itself is happy to state the price – £5.5m to Manchester United for the pair, and you can bet your bottom dollar, pound or euro that the cost of the more experienced McNair took up the lion’s share of that total.

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Beyond belief: mountains to climb if Koné goes to Everton or Chelsea

Lamine Kone: will he get to keep the shirt?
Lamine Koné: would he get to keep the shirt as a souvenir (photo courtesy of SAFC)?

The loss of Lamine Koné would not only be a huge blow to Sunderland just as we were all hoping for a much better start to the season. If the fans’ worst fears are justified, it would also threaten to bring David Moyes’s honeymoon period to an abrupt end …

STOP PRESS UPDATE: Fans spoke to Koné after training today and the player said he had been “promised a new contract”, reinforcing his agent’s comment that none had been offered. When asked if he would like to remain at SAFC, he replied: “Yeah.”

While thanking Sunderland AFC for kindly sending an image of the new, rather impressive away top, I added a postscript: “Seeing who is wearing it makes me want to cry!”

It was only the slightest of exaggerations.

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