We Got The Ki, We Got The Secret

By GMac88 Monday, 23 September 2013 09:19 PM

Let me start by pointing out that I at no point during this piece want to indicate central midfield is our only issue. Far from it, but the answer to Paolo Di Canio’s cry for a creative midfielder seems to have arrived as Ki Sung-Yeung joins us on loan from Swansea City.I’d be surprised if the need for a creative midfielder has been overlooked by any Sunderland fan, but let me underline the shortfall our current midfielders don’t seem capable of overcoming.


Borini Bundled In

By GMac88 Monday, 23 September 2013 09:18 PM

We lost out on a few Plan A’s in the transfer window and Plan B seems to be a directionless flap scouring the loan market for the proverbial ‘stop-gap’ resolution. The old ‘the roof is leaking so stick a bucket under it’ approach. This seems to have been the defining solution for major squad shortfalls in our transfer tactics for a little while now, including this revolution…ish…summer.


Dossena And Done

By MFBriggs Monday, 23 September 2013 09:18 PM

After days, weeks and what felt like years at times, the transfer window has been shut - Paolo Di Canio had concluded business and finally, yes finally has signed a left back…permanently! The void was always going to be tough to fill after Danny Rose’s successful season-long loan came to an end as he returned to Tottenham Hotspur but in the name of Andrea Dossena we will now have to trust.


Set Piece Suckers

By GMac88 Monday, 23 September 2013 09:18 PM

Sunderland set piece woes have been the prime catalyst for our poor start to the new campaign. Had we defended these with any real organisation or composure, we would theoretically have at least four points on the board. So where exactly has this huge defensive shortfall stemmed from? Well, one person we certainly can’t blame is Martin O’Neill.


Steve Bould: Reid’s Leader Turned Wenger’s Apprentice

By RichardBurn Monday, 23 September 2013 09:17 PM

When Arsenal travel to the Stadium of Light this weekend to take on Sunderland, a fairly familiar face on Wearside will be sat in the Gunners’ dugout. Following the departure of long-serving Irishman Pat Rice in summer 2012, Steve Bould has, as assistant manager, shared with Arsene Wenger his tactical nous...


Catts Cleared For Comeback

By GMac88 Monday, 23 September 2013 09:17 PM

After a summer of discontent for our former captain, Lee Cattermole has declared himself fit to return to the first team – with potentially an appearance on Saturday against Arsenal. So, the question which immediately pops to mind – do we need him? Evidentially… yes! We wrote a little bit about our central midfield plight in our piece regarding Ki Sung-Yeung, and whilst it is the likely weekend debutant...


Praise For Paolo Pantomime Performance

By John_C Monday, 23 September 2013 09:16 PM

Paolo Di Canio may be facing criticism from many quarters for Sunderland's inept performances so far this season, but he did not show he was under pressure at all when he turned out as a late call-up for Steve Harper's testimonial on Wednesday night. The Italian would have surely known he was putting himself in the firing line to receive the wrath of most of the 50,793 fans who packed St James' Park.


Righteous Rico

By GMac88 Monday, 23 September 2013 05:22 PM

As we reflect on what is our worst start to a season since 2005, let me take you away from chomping your nails at the inevitable goal(s) Stephane Sessegnon will score against us for West Brom this weekend. Signed as part of Roy Keane’s raid of the former Manchester United players dustbin, Baggies saviour Kieran Richardson cost us a hefty £5.5 million price tag and god knows how much in wages. Did he ever repay that? Well, maybe just about…ish.


Takes Two To Tango

By John_C Monday, 23 September 2013 05:22 PM

I am not quite sure how Lee Cattermole may be feeling after being wooed by a snappy-dressed Italian suitor last week. Did their eyes meet across a crowded room or was it more showered in broken crockery? Perhaps he is as enchanted as in the Rogers and Hart love song 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,' which some may be thinking.


Fletch And Jozy

By MFBriggs Monday, 23 September 2013 05:21 PM

It’s been over ten years since we last witnessed the delightful and prolific partnership of Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn terrorise the Premier League with their little and large combination on top of their goal score abilities. The memory of the pair scoring against Newcastle will forever be etched in my mind for the rest of my life, quite simply, they were idolised, and rightly so, during their time at the club.


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