Vito Mannone has by far and away been the brightest star in our gritty squad, sending us to Wembley amongst other heroics and I’d be surprised if anyone would contradict that belief. It isn’t the first time Sunderland have relied heavily on the man between the sticks and last season our Premier League survival was almost exclusively secured by now Liverpool number one Simon Mignolet. I was gutted when we lost our Belgian keeper, he was so pivotal to our season, as is Mannone to this season – so who is the better goal keeper?
What a performance. Here is how we rated our heroic troops and who we (eventually) decided on for man of the match!
Well, we did alright against Stoke! Michael even predicted the scorecast but unfortunately the dog ate his betting slip…shame. Martin managed to pull out a cheeky 1-0er too and leads the way. Anyway, round 3, three points for the correct score and one point for the correct result. No prizes for guessing which score line is the most popular in the We Are Wearside camp…
Can you remember a better fortnight being a Sunderland fan? I’m not sure if I can. We’ve all cracked the odd joke that the result of this match doesn’t matter massively to us, but, we all know that’s a load of tosh. Imagine getting to Wembley, out of the relegation zone AND doing the double over the Mags? Ha way man, you couldn't write a better fortnight if you tried.
Liam Bridcutt finally gets his move to Sunderland, after a reported fee of £3 million was agreed with Brighton and Hove Albion FC. The 24-year-old travelled to Wearside to undergo a medical and thrash out personal terms today, signing a three and a half year deal.
We're out of the bottom three! This calls for some player ratings...
This fixture generally follows some kind of rule or pattern and this match could be no different. Judging on recent goings on and general history, here are three things we should look out for in today’s huge match against Stoke.
Back it is to the Premier League and that means back to our rather pointless but intriguing (for us at least!) predictions. As usual, three points for the correct score and one for the correct result! Feel free to join in...(comments bit at the bottom...nudge nudge).
Ah, that sweet feeling of success. Why, I barely knew you existed. Yet, here you are, filling me unprecedented confidence for the foreseeable future. Here, as we claw our way through the mist of Wembley delirium, we have yet another perfect opportunity to climb the league table and out of the relegation zone. Perhaps this is more perfect than those opportunities we failed to grasp.
Perhaps there is one big signing on the horizon for Sunderland. If reports are to be believed, Gus Poyet's unsurprising penchant for fellow South Americans (mainly Argentinians) looks set to land a little bombshell in Ignacio Scocco. There's a lot we can learn about 'Nacho' through his time in Greece with AEK, so we found just the man to tell us all about him.