The Guilty Men

Bottom of the league at Christmas, with ten points from seventeen games. With half of the season gone, not a single league win against another team in the bottom half of the League. Twelve goals in seventeen games, five league wins in the whole of 2013 (only one more win than we have had managers in this year). Right now, Sunderland are a shambles, and look like relegation certainties (and as Sunderland fans, we should know what a relegation side looks like, we’ve seen plenty before). [More]

Striking the Right Balance

Last week, on this site, Richard Burn took a look at our best midfield combination. It is a measure of how quickly things are developing at Sunderland at the moment that even in the two games that have taken place over the last week, many of the questions about our best midfield have been answered – not only can Ki Sung-Yeung and Lee Cattermole (at least until his next injury / suspension) play together, they MUST start as many games as possible if we are to entertain hopes of staying up. The only outstanding question there seems to be who should start alongside them, if any, in midfield. Increasingly, then, Gus Poyet’s main selection dilemma seems to be about which striker – or strikers – he should start with. [More]

Stick with Poyet for the Long-Term, the Problem is Inherited

We stand one point closer to safety than we did last week, but the reality of our predicament has long been clear. A monumental surge in form needs to happen for the club to remain in the Premier League and long-term planning has to begin to ensure that if the seemingly inevitable does happen, we can compete in a difficult league below us. [More]

Sunderland 0-0 Norwich: Player Ratings

I'm really trying my best not to be generous with these ratings, such is my overwhelming frustration. However, the fact is overall we were not poor, but we relied on players who were poor to win us this match. Perhaps it's players who take the brunt of the blame, but maybe Gus Poyet deserves a little criticism. That is purely in hindsight mind, I don't think too many were arguing with the team selection before kick-off. [More]

Sunderland Vs Norwich: Prediction & Preview

There isn’t much point in me raiding the vocabulary bank in search of some superlatives which may vaguely describe just how important this match is. Quite simply the only thing that truly matters in a game like this is winning three points. We need to turn the mountain that is survival into a molehill and replicating the quality and application shown in the latter stages of that incredible win over Chelsea will go some way to securing that. We probably all earmarked this game at the start of the season as a win but let’s not be too naïve in dismissing the very real possibility that Norwich can cause us problems. [More]