Improvements Under Poyet, but SAFC Still Need More Wins

There could've been a number of points from the game yesterday to focus on in particular for this piece. It would be very unfair to single out Jermain Defoe for much criticism on his debut, especially given that he is yet to gain match fitness and the way Steven Fletcher was playing he might just as well have been alone up there. The 3-5-2 to accommodate the two up front seemed to make the players look shaky and uncomfortable at the start but there wasn't too much evidence to suggest it wouldn't come to work well in time with more experience. [More]

Player Ratings: Yeah, Sorry, We Had To

Sunderland's 8-0 defeat to Southampton equals the club's worst ever loss. Needless to say there was nothing to shout about and little to choose between the players in what was arguably the worst team performance we have witnessed for a little while. [More]