Set Piece Suckers

Sunderland set piece woes have been the prime catalyst for our poor start to the new campaign. Had we defended these with any real organisation or composure, we would theoretically have at least four points on the board. So where exactly has this huge defensive shortfall stemmed from? Well, one person we certainly can’t blame is Martin O’Neill. [More]

Robbing Peter To Pay Paolo

The door of the transfer window has slammed shut, finally silencing the frantic clamour to sign more and more players. Paulo Di Canio will have to make do with the players he has for the next four months. These include not only those brought in but ones he would have preferred to sell and also missing out on any targets that escaped Roberto De Fanti for whatever reason. [More]

Dossena And Done

After days, weeks and what felt like years at times, the transfer window has been shut - Paolo Di Canio had concluded business and finally, yes finally has signed a left back…permanently! The void was always going to be tough to fill after Danny Rose’s successful season-long loan came to an end as he returned to Tottenham Hotspur but in the name of Andrea Dossena we will now have to trust. [More]

Borini Bundled In

We lost out on a few Plan A’s in the transfer window and Plan B seems to be a directionless flap scouring the loan market for the proverbial ‘stop-gap’ resolution. The old ‘the roof is leaking so stick a bucket under it’ approach. This seems to have been the defining solution for major squad shortfalls in our transfer tactics for a little while now, including this revolution…ish…summer. [More]

Away Day Diaries: Crystal Palace

There are not many days where waking up at 4 o’clock is a good thing, however this time I had Crystal Palace away to look forward too. You have to start with the standard away day breakfast - bacon sarnie and the first tin of the day! Is it slightly worrying that this was at 4:30am? The taxi arrived at 5:20am and off we went - picking up the other lads on the way heading straight to Newcastle Central Station. [More]

We Got The Ki, We Got The Secret

Let me start by pointing out that I at no point during this piece want to indicate central midfield is our only issue. Far from it, but the answer to Paolo Di Canio’s cry for a creative midfielder seems to have arrived as Ki Sung-Yeung joins us on loan from Swansea City. I’d be surprised if the need for a creative midfielder has been overlooked by any Sunderland fan, but let me underline the shortfall our current midfielders don’t seem capable of overcoming. [More]