Vito Mannone Vs Simon Mignolet

Vito Mannone has by far and away been the brightest star in our gritty squad, sending us to Wembley amongst other heroics and I’d be surprised if anyone would contradict that belief. It isn’t the first time Sunderland have relied heavily on the man between the sticks and last season our Premier League survival was almost exclusively secured by now Liverpool number one Simon Mignolet. I was gutted when we lost our Belgian keeper, he was so pivotal to our season, as is Mannone to this season – so who is the better goal keeper? [More]

How Our Relegation Rivals Look as the Window Slams Shut

Clubs in the bottom half had a busy January as they attempted to sign the players capable of keeping them out of the bottom three in May, and before we hammered Newcastle yet again (had to get that in there) there was the small matter of deadline day to deal with. So which clubs were able to bring in the players they needed, and which clubs face a long second half of the season? [More]

We Are Wembley - That Night in Old Trafford

On Wednesday we went to war. We conquered yet we didn't return home unscathed. Injuries were picked up, pain was suffered and we all aged. Boys became men. Girls became women and the unknown middle aged man next to me became a target of affection. Someone I hugged, kissed and expressed my fears to. We shared it all. Why don't I sit next to good looking lasses?! [More]

This Cup Run Deserves Wembley

With Wembley sitting so faintly yet distinctly on the horizon, it's time for the tedious transfer tug of wars and talk of relegation to stop. Just stop. Quite frankly, since Ki Sung-Yeung's immortal winner against Chelsea a month back I've thought of little else than the possibility, however big or small, of wandering down Wembley way in a sea of red and white. [More]

Poyet Can Emulate Southampton in Player Development

Apart from the fact that they were playing us at the time, I thought that Southampton were a joy to watch yesterday. Part of that was their style of play – Lambert leading the line well, with Lallana and Rodriguez linking up extremely well with him (a far cry from the huge gaps between Altidore / Fletcher and our midfield), and Jack Cork impressive in the centre of midfield, where Ki was overran, as Cattermole and Larsson had nightmares alongside him. In fact, it’s not stretching things too far to suggest that Southampton may be a very good role model for us under Poyet – if, as I hope he can in time, Poyet is able to tweak his system a little so that we give more support to the front man, and we can start pressing teams higher up the pitch. [More]

Fabio Borini - The Evidence

What do you want so much that you're like a warrior who never gives up? A derby winner? An equaliser in a cup quarter final? What about a winner in a cup semi-final or a crucial goal in a televised game? Well Fabio Borini has achieved all that and still wants more. His celebration which we've all copied at some stage is supposed to represent that fighting spirit and his commitment. [More]