Player Ratings: Sunderland End Disastrous Year with Fifth Consecutive Defeat

Big Sam will be pleased he had made it through to the January transfer window though at a high cost with Sunderland ending another disastrous year with their fifth consecutive defeat. There were few pluses in the defeat to Liverpool with a little more effort being shown but hopefully will see the backs of some of the players on view. [More]

Sunderland need Help in Survival Battle - but Might Not Get It

All Sunderland need is three worse teams in the league to maintain their Premiership status. It has become a common and obvious adage in recent years given the squads assembled at the Stadium of Light and the often diabolic way they have performed. But this season fears are that three maybe too many to hope for. [More]

Spectre of Promoted Clubs Continues To Haunt Sunderland

Watford completed a hat trick of wins by all newly promoted clubs against Sunderland with an early goal enough to separate the teams in wet and difficult conditions at the Stadium of Light. It was a whirlwind workrate performance by the Hornets that proved enough against a side still badly lacking confidence and a cutting edge. [More]

Player Ratings: Solid Overall Performance as Sunderland See Off Stoke

Plenty of positives in the first back-to-back wins since May's relegation fight as Sunderland overcame Stoke 2-0. Three wins and three clean sheets puts a more optimistic gloss on Sam Allardyce's first six games in charge as he attempts to recover some confidence in the team's fortunes. Has the club found what it has been looking for in getting a fairly solid overall performance from the whole team? [More]

Sunderland Troubled But Fated to Make It Six-in-a-row Over Newcastle

For 44 minutes, Sunderland looked distinctively second-best against a resurgent Newcastle team fresh from scoring half-a-dozen last week against Norwich. But one adept through ball on the stroke of half-time from substitute Jermain Defoe set the Black Cats on course for a record six wins in a row against their arch-enemies and more importantly their first three points of yet another bleak season as well as a first clean sheet. But it could all have been so different. [More]