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]

Match Report & Analysis: Sunderland 2-2 Southampton

The early kick off would have been a great game for the neutrals, but it’s one which leaves both sets of fans frustrated. Saints fans watched as their team throw away a two goal advantage, whereas Sunderland will feel disappointed not to have completed the turnaround following their second half performance. In fairness, the draw was probably the right result. [More]

Duh Fanti Departs

Roberto De Fanti has been axed as Sunderland’s Director of Football in remarkably quick fashion. Rumours were rife as this afternoon grew old and were promptly confirmed by the club’s recent statement that they have ‘parted company’ with the Italian. This move, whilst surely welcomed by most, certainly throws up an awful lot of questions. [More]