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]

Unlucky In Love - Can Gus Poyet be the One?

I’ve never been one of those blokes who got lucky as a result of my devilish good looks with ladies swooning across a crowded dance floor. My limited success with women was mainly achieved through getting to know someone a bit first (friend of a friend, work) and then attempting to snare them into a date (…hmm, perhaps snare not the best word) snare charm them into going out with me by slowly, persistently grinding them into submission. Thus were the only meaningful relationships in my life born. The sudden exciting rush of the, let’s be honest, all too rare, one night stands haven’t left any indelible mark in my memory. And so it is with regards to the latest nascent relationship focusing my thoughts, between my beloved team and our new manager Gus Poyet. [More]

Interview - City Viewpoint

Wey! We’re in the cup quarter final, something to be cheerful for. Oh crap, now we’ve got to play free-scoring Manchester City. There are plenty of good memories to go with this fixture for Sunderland fans but here are some thoughts from the other side. We spoke with Rob from City’s best blog site Typical City (@TypicalCity) about their title challenge, our season, Adam Johnson and of course – the match. [More]

Sunderland Vs Manchester City - 40 Years On

The epic 1973 FA Cup victory has long been written into the annals of history. Sadly it is so distant that the majority of current fans were not even born or too young to appreciate the full scale of the achievement. Although I was fortunate enough to attend the heroic final, there is also a particular game I remember in the cup run against Manchester City, who were favourites after knocking Liverpool. [More]