Overall, a performance we can no doubt be proud of. The SAFC starting eleven get nothing but praise from me however for once Poyet’s substitutes did not have the desired effect. Agree/Disagree?
Saturday felt like a pre-season friendly the week before the season started. Players were supposed to be fighting for places. Fans were discussing the team for next week, travel plans and watering holes for those pre Wembley pints and the best way to get to Trafalgar Square on the the Saturday.
A disappointing pre-Wembley warm up for Sunderland. Despite a much improved second half performance, this was one that was beyond us long before.
With just eight days to go until the biggest Sunderland match for many years, all fans were expecting a half decent performance against Arsenal in the run-up. Unfortunately, a highly lacklustre start from Gus Poyet's side meant the anticipation of Wembley would have to suffice in terms of excitement.
So the Manchester City postponement means scores are as they were. There is maybe a little more optimism than you would think given the fixture, though most of us are still plumping for a SAFC defeat. Join in if you fancy – 1 point for the correct result, three for the correct score!
A hard-earned and enterprising win against Southampton to continue Sunderland's incredible cup runs. Even with nine changes, special tribute must go to Gus Poyet and his staff for their tactics and work done on the training ground.
A competitive, but ultimately deserved win, settled by a fine goal from Craig Gardner, has put Sunderland into the FA Cup Quarter Finals – and one match from a rapid return to Wembley!
Well, the less said about our Hull predictions the better. Let’s be fair – who saw that third minute sending off coming? There is an overwhelming swing to the home side for this one, unsurprisingly, with one or two optimists amongst us who are predicting an unprecedented point. If you are looking for something to stick a quid on…I highly recommend it not being Connor’s!
It seems apt that in the build up to Wembley we have a warm up match against our daunting opponents Manchester City. Points for both clubs would be invaluable, but nothing short of three would do for the home side as they seek to re-establish themselves as the Premier League front runners. For us, that defeat against Hull City has left us languishing precariously above the drop zone with arguably the three toughest away games you could ask for, on the trot, to come. A point here, however unlikely, would be a much welcomed bonus.
An overly frustrating fixture at the Stadium of Light, from which no-one will come away with rapturous credit. The collective below-par performance is here divided between the team.