Swansea 4-0 Sunderland: Match Analysis & Player Ratings

New manager, same old Sunderland, this does not look good at all. Of course, patience will have to be taken into account, but announcing Gus Poyet as head coach was supposed to bring a huge uplift which there was little sign of. To lose 4-0 to a side who have not won in their last eight domestic home games just sums up our luck and avoiding relegation is the only priority now. [More]

Swansea Preview: We Can Play This Way

It really will be a fascinating game of football tomorrow at the Liberty Stadium. A team ripped from its roots and replanted on unchartered ground against one which seems snug in its set up. Swansea City took just two seasons to establish themselves as a Premier League club and that status seems under no threat whatsoever, whilst we are still desperately trying to find a genuine and permanent solution to our ever gaping cracks after treble the time. [More]

Interview: Swansea Viewpoint

Gus Poyet is to take first bow as Sunderland boss at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. We have enjoyed reasonable success against the Swans since their arrival in the Premier League, unbeaten in four games. We caught up with Jules from Swansea City’s best fansite SwansFC (@swansfc) to ask him about our current plight, Poyet, the Europa League and of course this weekend’s match. [More]

Void Left By Quinn

There are two things Sunderland's American owner Ellis Short has in common with Niall Quinn. Both are Irish passport-holders and the billionaire businessman also succeeded the affable football legend as the club's chairman. But there the similarities seem to end with each having totally different records in trying to run the day-to-day affairs at the Black Cats. [More]

Jozy Has Been Playing Canny Apparently

Jozy Altidore has been quoted praising himself and cursing Sunderland’s luck for the start of this season. The United States international has scored zero league goals, assisted zero league goals and generally not made a massive impact since returning to the Premier League after an enormously successful spell in Holland. I have to be pretty blunt here, I am afraid there is not much substance which I can use to back up Jozy’s claims. [More]

We Have One Good Centre Back

One man who seems destined to blossom under Gus Poyet is cultured centre back Valentin Roberge. Like most at Sunderland, his start to life on Wearside has been inconsistent but I see a very competent defender here – certainly more so than any other player we have in that position. [More]