All smiles at Sunderland

August 29, 2012 in Premier League

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As it appears is Sunderland’s way in the Premier League, the team fizzled out towards the back end of last season. Following the hammering Everton dished out to us in the FA Cup quarter-final replay, the Black Cats failed to win any of their last eight games, losing three. It was an almost identikit replica to the end of Steve Bruce’s last season in charge. Contrary to popular belief (well, so Brucey would have you believe anyway), the current Hull City boss was not sacked because of his Geordie roots, but because Sunderland’s form dropped dramatically following the January departure of Judas (Darren Bent), and that form continued well into the beginning of the last campaign. We only won two of our first 14 games. Change was needed, it came in the form of Martin O’Neill, and his impact was instant. Pulling away from the danger zone, Sunderland looked threatening for about ten games before the perennial end of season syndrome kicked in and we ran out of steam.

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A Tale Of Two Strikers

May 30, 2012 in Premier League, Transfers

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What a difference a January transfer window makes. I know, I know, talk of transfers is one a penny during the close season, but I assure you, rather than being a future seer, I want to talk about transfers that have happened in the past, to highlight how important getting the right business done can be.

Perhaps being even more controversial than talking about old transfers, I also am going to compare Newcastle with Sunderland. Shock horror! Here I go trying to be as nice as I can…

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Push It To The Limit(ations)

May 9, 2012 in Europe, International, Premier League

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Craven Cottage is my favourite stadium in London. Barring the horribly narrow stairs at Putney Bridge Station, the seating is comfortable, the food tasty, the pleasant, although sometimes cold, walk along the side of the river Thames lovely. Fulham also play good football, and for an end of season tie (nothing to play for), the quality on show last Sunday was entertaining enough. Although Sunderland didn’t get the point they probably deserved, I take nothing away from Fulham, who have some dangerous players, and on a tight pitch, they controlled the game well.

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