Paolo Di Canio & Martin O Neill - the Unlikely Comedy Duo

Given the plight both of these men left us in, the war of words between Paolo Di Canio and Martin O’Neill should really infuriate me. Neither proportioning blame on themselves, rather each other and amongst club staff and players. To be honest, it reads more like a comedy sketch as two experienced men play handbags at dawn, both completely devoid of any blame for their complete underachievement as Sunderland boss. What a load of tosh. [More]

Jack Colback, Everton and the Dreaded Pass Completion Stat

We all have a love and/or hate relationship with statistics. Jack Colback’s recent links with a move to Everton has thrown into my mind pass completion statistics and how they generally get hoyed about whenever we talk about a player being good or bad. It seems so tangible that this correlation be black and white, especially for a central midfielder – but is it and how important is Colback and his passing to Sunderland? [More]

Niall Quinn Does Not Need to Knock on My Door

It would be completely rude to overlook Niall Quinn rightfully receiving the freedom of the city. It underlines what has been almost a fairy tale relationship reminiscent of the most heartening of love stories and maybe gives just a tiny bit back to the Irishman we will be forever indebted to. As a player he oozed professionalism and class and as a man he oozed exactly the same. [More]

Building From the Back

Carl von Clausewitz once said attack is the best form of defence though that only works in the Premier League if you have a decent back four to start off with. Sadly for most of this campaign we have been sorely lacking in that department. Yesterday’s defensive performance and composure against Manchester City is the type of showing we need to see every week to make sure the unthinkable doesn't happen and we stay up. [More]

Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City: Match Analysis & Player Ratings

Well, I'm not sure if I was expecting that. Tribal loyalties mean I'm not on as much of a high as I was after the Newcastle win, but the organisation of our defence and the heart our players proved the seeming ease we are showing to a commitment to possession football from the back make this the most heartening performance from the club in months. [More]

Sunderland Vs Manchester City - We Always Win 1-0

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and now Manchester City to be followed closely by Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. When you are not winning your home games there is little doubt trouble is on the horizon and our fixture list certainly doesn’t help our ever increasing relegation potential. Gus Poyet has a 100% home record in the two he has managed but other than past form there is little argument to suggest we can maintain this. [More]