Takes Two To Tango

I am not quite sure how Lee Cattermole may be feeling after being wooed by a snappy-dressed Italian suitor last week. Did their eyes meet across a crowded room or was it more showered in broken crockery? Perhaps he is as enchanted as in the Rogers and Hart love song 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,' which some may be thinking. [More]

Righteous Rico

As we reflect on what is our worst start to a season since 2005, let me take you away from chomping your nails at the inevitable goal(s) Stephane Sessegnon will score against us for West Brom this weekend. Signed as part of Roy Keane’s raid of the former Manchester United players dustbin, Baggies saviour Kieran Richardson cost us a hefty £5.5 million price tag and god knows how much in wages. Did he ever repay that? Well, maybe just about…ish. [More]

Calumniation Of Cabral

I have been told to stop questioning the appointment of Paolo Di Canio and that whatever he says should not be criticised. Instead I should back him and help him, but I am unsure what that means. Does it imply just have blind faith and act merely as his apologist? Then and only when the time comes that he may be sacked - am I allowed to be a sheep and mouth him off? [More]

Glimmering Greek

It would be incredibly easy to boil yesterday’s game down to a single moment, or the fact that David Vaughan is not good enough to play in a two man midfield – if we don't know that already, which we should. There was something, or someone, completely different who stood out in our 1-3 defeat against Arsenal. [More]

Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal: Match Analysis & Report

It was clear to all outside the dressing room that we would struggle today when the team selection was announced. I can understand a manager having a favoured system, and trying, generally, to stick to it. I struggle a little when that system is one that no other team in the Premiership plays, and which doesn’t suit our players – exposing as it does our weakest area. [More]

Preview: Sunderland Vs Arsenal

Home games don't come much tougher than against Arsenal and their visit to the Stadium of Light could hardly come at a worse time. Only one point has come from Sunderland's opening three fixtures, all against teams that are expected to be nearer the bottom than the top. The team is in a current state of disarray with so many new signings... [More]