Sunderland – Better Up Front and In Goal

Sunderland – Better Up Front and In Goal

Sunderland, a name that till last season, had become synonymous to valiant and eventually victorious relegation battles. This season, however, the club was synonymous to a free-fall. They were deservedly the early favorites for relegation this season. Dubiously, they equalised Manchester City’s 1995-96 record for the worst start in a Premier League season (2 points in 10 games), winning none and drawing just two in their first 10 games. But with two more game weeks having gone by, the picture …
The Second Team Soft Spot

The Second Team Soft Spot

Second team: what do you mean you have a second team that you have a soft spot for? You're a Liverpool fan, you're not allowed support a second team and if you do sod off and support them and leave supporting Liverpool to the real fans. This is an argument I've had with several Liverpool fans over past eighteen or so months on Twitter, sorry it's a synopsis of an argument I have had with Liverpool fans over the past …
Tottenham vs Sunderland Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Tottenham vs Sunderland Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The pressure on every side has increased as we enter the second half of the season and clubs need to prove they have the durability to achieve their goals. Spurs are pushing for the Champions League after a very consistent opening half to the campaign, but a loss against rivals Leicester will cause fans to panic that their side are set to collapse in the second half of the season again. Meanwhile, Sunderland are showing signs of revival under Sam …
Sunderland: The Poisoned Chalice?

Sunderland: The Poisoned Chalice?

A very obvious pattern has developed at Sunderland in recent years. Each season the fans have their loyalty put to the test as the club gets off to an utterly dreadful start to the season. It then takes them until about February until they decide to ditch their manager, if they haven’t already, and bring in someone else to try and save the club from what looks like inevitable relegation. They then survive by the skin of their teeth, that …
Sunderland: Which top dog, will take over the Black Cats?

Sunderland: Which top dog, will take over the Black Cats?

Ah Sunderland, eternally destined to struggle it seems. After being beaten by the likes of Bournemouth, Norwich, Leicester, Manchester United and Tottenham - Dick Advocaat has thrown in the towel. This Sunderland Echo article has Dick citing the reasons; "the struggle against relegation isn't my cup of tea" and "our squad was simply not good enough". Fair points, if you look at the fact he was practically begged by the Sunderland fans to sign the contract extension earlier this year & their …
What lies in store for Sunderland this season?

What lies in store for Sunderland this season?

Sunderland have struggled to stay clear of relegation in recent seasons, despite having a number of managers and plenty of money being spent on new signings. There have been plenty of false dawns under Steve Bruce, Martin O'Neill, Paulo di Canio and Gus Poyet, and the time has come now for the club to have some stability. Dick Advocaat has been kept on for at least another season and there were signs last season that he could develop the Black …
Has Adam Matthews developed enough to be considered a starter?

Has Adam Matthews developed enough to be considered a starter?

After completing a move to 46-time Scottish Champions, Celtic, from boyhood club, Cardiff City, Matthews has achieved unprecedented success with his current side. League titles and cup glory have come in abundance, and Matthews’ trophy cabinet would very much be the envy of many of his fellow pros. However, what makes the players achievements more astonishing is the fact that he is only 23 years of age. To boast such an impressive haul of medals at such a young age …
Sunderland Vs QPR Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Sunderland Vs QPR Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

On February 10th, Queens Park Rangers will travel to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland.  Both of these sides will be looking at this game as one where they could pick up vital points in their efforts to stay in the Premier League.  QPR will be looking to pick up their first points away from home this season.  On the flipside, Sunderland will know how bad the Hoops are away from home and will see this as a …
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