Sean Duffy

Writer on all things SAFC for EPL Index.Media liason for Basketball Ireland and staff writer for MEG.ie and The Liberty newspaper-But generally just a slave to football.

Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1 | Feisty Derby - Stats Report

Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1 | Feisty Derby - Stats Report

West Brom Vs Sunderland Preview

West Brom Vs Sunderland Preview

Niall Quinn's departure from Sunderland this week will have saddened many, but for others, the decision represents a new dawn. Colleagues and fans alike were quick to express their appreciation for the man who has worked steadfastly towards the goal of restoring Sunderland's deep heritage. Finally, and almost unexpectedly, it appears that goal has been achieved. A few month's back the picture wasn't quite so clear, with the team going from bad-to-worse under Steve Bruce. Many were worried by a …
O'Neill defying stats to raise spirits

O'Neill defying stats to raise spirits

After eight games, a string of fine performances and a vast improvement in results, it is fair to say the Martin O’ Neill revolution is firmly under way at Sunderland. O’ Neill arrived to great expectation from a  public wearied by the prosaic stagnation in the latter days of the Bruce era. The results speak for themselves. Already, O’ Neill’s Sunderland have amassed more points in his eight games in charge than in Bruce’s thirteen. The table below compares the …
Need for change in luck | Sunderland

Need for change in luck | Sunderland

Three years can be a long time in football. Just ask Roy Keane. For his former club Sunderland, Saturday represents the Black Cats first opportunity to defeat Fulham in five attempts. The two clubs have met on four occasions since Kenwyne Jones goal on 27th January 2009 secured victory for Ricky Sbragia’s side at the Stadium of Light. Since then there have been two scoreless draws and two defeats . In fact, Sunderland have gone  four games and an eyebrow …
New signings begin to pay off | Sunderland

New signings begin to pay off | Sunderland

[caption id="attachment_5639" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Seb Larsson"][/caption] Last weekends’ draw at home to Aston Villa saw Steve Bruce’ claim his side would soon “click together” and that consequently the team’s results would improve. Had Stephane Sessengnon’s late intervention not garnered a point, that improvement may well have been somebody else’s concern, but to be fair to the manager, some analysis of his summer recruits may bring cause for optimism. It was always going to be difficult for the side to perform …
Time of the essence for Bruce

Time of the essence for Bruce

[caption id="attachment_4868" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Bruce"][/caption] The last home game at the Stadium of Light saw a reprieve of sorts for Steve Bruce. With pressure mounting, a resounding 4-0 victory over the hitherto impressive Stoke City provided some optimism after a thoroughly disappointing beginning to the campaign. Unfortunately for Mackems fans, on the sides next outing, many of the old flaws manifested themselves in what was a worryingly tepid defeat to Norwich at Carrow Road last Monday night. A symptom of …
It's black & white: Bruce has to win!

It's black & white: Bruce has to win!

[caption id="attachment_3533" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Steve Bruce"][/caption] Last weekends’ debacle against rivals Newcastle has seen the tide of public opinion drastically sway against the Sunderland manager. It says something about the importance of this fixture in the North East, that Steve Bruce will consider himself under scrutiny after only two games of the new campaign. However it would be churlish to claim that this was a knee jerk reaction from fans after one disappointing outing. Moreover it was further evidence of …
Larsson & Brown | Optimism for Bruce

Larsson & Brown | Optimism for Bruce

[caption id="attachment_2818" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Star Man: Wes Brown"][/caption] The talk before kick-off was all about the now departed Jordan Henderson, but Steve Bruce will be more concerned about the players currently at his disposal. To this end, Saturday must have felt like a vindication of sorts for the Sunderland boss, who used his resources and tactical acumen to rescue a point from what had seemed like certain defeat. Having watched his side largely overwhelmed by an expensively assembled Liverpool side …
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