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 …
Wolves V Fulham | Review

Wolves V Fulham | Review

Wolves had been unable to keep a clean sheet in their last nine games, Martin Jol was unbeaten as Fulham manager and we’d come off the back of a solid performance in the Europa League last Thursday evening so we had every right to feel confident when we travelled to the Black Country to face Wolves. But it wouldn't be Fulham if we always did what was expected of us. Its very Fulhamish to do the unexpected, to balls things …
Well, well, well, QPR defy

Well, well, well, QPR defy "expert" pundits

Matt Le Tissier spent 90 minutes on Saturday professing the 'fact' that Queens Park Rangers were 'in for a hiding' and that they were no threat to Premier League regulars, Everton. After Everton failed to take advantage of their early dominance, a clever move from QPR set up Tommy Smith from 12 yards and he proved why he should play in his preferred centre-forward position when he cooly bent the ball around the outstretched arms of Tim Howard, into the …
Passing is King as United Hammer Spurs

Passing is King as United Hammer Spurs

David De Gea has been absolutely hammered during his short Manchester United career but demonstrated why he, and the rest of the Manchester United team which swept Spurs aside tonight, are a cut above the rest of the Premier League. Spurs came to Old Trafford with more than a few respected observers expecting them to trouble the champions, but goals from Danny Welbeck, Anderson and Wayne Rooney were enough to see United home after a stop-start first half. Welbeck struggled …
Sunderland v Newcastle | Stat Analysis

Sunderland v Newcastle | Stat Analysis

In another feisty Tyne Wear derby at the Stadium of Light, this time we managed to see out our opening goal without reply through to the final whistle. Even though there was occasionally some good football being played, which included a well executed free kick by Ryan Taylor on the 62nd minute that settled the match, the game will probably be remembered for the amount of bad tackles and the bad refereeing that accompanied the game rather than the football …
Bolton Wanderers | Entertaining game!

Bolton Wanderers | Entertaining game!

The Reebok stadium on a fine Sunday afternoon with 90 minutes of fine football. A thoroughly enjoyable game with goals, tackles and a lot of skill and guile from one team and a lot of effort and determination and mistakes from another. You could clearly see which team had spent money and which hadn't but that doesn't buy you the effort and hard work that the Bolton Wanderers players gave to the match that is not a dig at MCFC …
Roy's West Brom | Pragmatic & Direct

Roy's West Brom | Pragmatic & Direct

When Chris Waddle offered West Brom his sympathy on live TV yesterday I shouted obscenities at the screen and told him to never patronise us again.  If you’re reading this Chris, forgive my overreaction, we’d just let in a second late decisive goal within a week and I was understandably irate. Credit to Roy Hodgson though that I was as irate as I was. Thanks to him my expectations in the team have increased; the mental goalposts have been moved. …
Norwich City vs Stoke City | Report

Norwich City vs Stoke City | Report

After a second draw in two games for both teams in the league this season, Norwich stand one place above Stoke in the table.  What do you mean, that means nothing at this point in the season?! Wolves are quite obviously favourites to win the league you know? In a match that went to ‘Fergie’ time, were Stoke their usual tight fisted self’s? Or did they open up in the face of seemingly inferior opponents? Carrow Road, Norwich – Attendance …
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