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  • 18 October 2014
  • St Mary's Stadium (29,615)
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Please excuse me. I haven't had much time to write this and therefore some of my corrections are still present on the page. Please try and ignore them, I haven't had time to delete them away I've just had to do the computer version of 'tippex-ing' them away. Enjoy the write-up of one of our more memorable away days.

Sunderland performed heroically today to restrict league giants Southampton to a meagre 8 (eight) goals at St Marys. The Saints, who have been in the top flight for a massive three seasons and who have spent that time selling their best players and making smart purchases from the continent building a fearsome squad of global superstars, just had a smidge too much class for the Black Cats at the end.

After a sprightly start, the home side edged into the lead when the Sunderland defence and midfield parted quicker than Katie Price's legs were beaten to the ball by Southampton, and it fell to Santiago Vergini on the edge of our own box. Although most players would try to kick the ball with their left foot in such a situation, Argentina international (yes, really) Vergini volleyed it with it right and the ball smashed into our bottom corner. A very unfortunate start for the heroic Rokerites.

Sunderland immediately began looking for an equaliser, and were hit on the counter when Championship footballer Will Buckley smacked the ball off Championship footballer  Seb Larsson, the ball rolled straight to a Southampton player which led to a Graziano Pelle tap in. Not deterred, Sunderland kept going and won a succession of corners, a historic moment which supporters who made the 10 hour round trip will remember for the rest of their lives.

The game all hinged on a key moment midway through the first half. Striker Steven Fletcher was put through on goal, and after a terrible first touch took the ball away from him and forced him to rush his shot prodded the ball a long way wide while one-on-one. After he had shot wide he jumped into was viciously poleaxed by Southampton butcher Frazier Foster. Furious calls were made for a penalty and/or red card, but the referee declined them, God only knows why. I mean, Foster clearly denied a goalscoring opportunity by touching Fletcher after he had already put his effort wide of the goal. We were robbed, referees are obviously biased and I'm pretty sure there's an agenda at Sunderland throughout the league.

It was unfortunate for Fletcher, who scored two goals (including a sizzling effort from a full five yards out) against Stoke. He celebrated in that match by cupping his ears at supporters who had stupidly doubted the forward's star credentials, foolhardy criticism considering his astonishing record of 11 goals in 51 games, a stunning return for a £12m striker. Unfortunately this writer must have missed the moment he cupped his ears today, as he continued to prove to the supporters that he really is the hotshot they suggested he wasn't.

From the penalty claim, Southampton immediately went and scored a goal, which I've forgotten due to the sheer horror of the whole game words cannot describe. So 3-0 down at half time and Southampton had only had 2 shots at goal.

The second half, Sunderland made big changes and brought on powderpuff dynamic centre-midfielder Liam Bridcutt to play right back, moving Argentina international Vergini to centre half. The second half saw the Saints cut through us with ease score a few lucky goals as Sunderland gave up the fight and decided they couldn't be bothered any more fought tooth and nail to get back into the game. The final whistle blew on an humiliating unfortunate defeat, but with a shameful and disgusting spirited performance to send the fans home with.

Some might question our summer transfer window, and ask why we didn't bother to strengthen our defence or attack. Some might ask why our goalkeeper let 8 goals in, and may infer that he lets any half-decent shot in and only makes saves you would expect him to. Some might ask why we gave John O'Shea a new contract when he hasn't marked up an opposition striker for 3 years. Some might wonder if we paid too much for Gomez, or if giving Seb Larsson a new contract after 6 good games (following 2 years of dirge) was a good idea.

But to these people, I say poppycock you negative doom-mongers. We were just unlucky today, anybody could have conceded those goals and if the referee wasn't an evil charlatan we probably would have won by three or four goals.

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