Ethan on Molineux, Coleman's tactics and Sunderland's bad egg - Away Days!

Chris Coleman’s men travelled to the Midlands for what would be a very tough trip to league leaders Wolves. After defeat to Reading last week, manager Coleman knew he needed to do something to change the record. Lynden Gooch received the nod over Aiden McGeady and Donald Love replaced the suspended Callum McManaman as the Wearsiders would take on Wolves with five at the back. [More]

Would Chris Coleman's Fulham or Coventry records keep Sunderland afloat?

So we’re in the infancy of Chris Coleman’s reign as Sunderland manager. In the short time he’s been at the club we’ve seen grounds for optimism – the more disciplined spells at Villa Park together with the joyous victory at the Pirelli and the clean sheet that went with it. But the Reading game provided a reminder (if we needed it) of the fragility of the team and the mammoth task that the manager faces. [More]
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Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City: Match Analysis & Player Ratings

Well, I'm not sure if I was expecting that. Tribal loyalties mean I'm not on as much of a high as I was after the Newcastle win, but the organisation of our defence and the heart our players proved the seeming ease we are showing to a commitment to possession football from the back make this the most heartening performance from the club in months. [More]

Sunderland Vs Manchester City - We Always Win 1-0

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and now Manchester City to be followed closely by Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. When you are not winning your home games there is little doubt trouble is on the horizon and our fixture list certainly doesn’t help our ever increasing relegation potential. Gus Poyet has a 100% home record in the two he has managed but other than past form there is little argument to suggest we can maintain this. [More]

Unlucky In Love - Can Gus Poyet be the One?

I’ve never been one of those blokes who got lucky as a result of my devilish good looks with ladies swooning across a crowded dance floor. My limited success with women was mainly achieved through getting to know someone a bit first (friend of a friend, work) and then attempting to snare them into a date (…hmm, perhaps snare not the best word) snare charm them into going out with me by slowly, persistently grinding them into submission. Thus were the only meaningful relationships in my life born. The sudden exciting rush of the, let’s be honest, all too rare, one night stands haven’t left any indelible mark in my memory. And so it is with regards to the latest nascent relationship focusing my thoughts, between my beloved team and our new manager Gus Poyet. [More]

Interview - City Viewpoint

Wey! We’re in the cup quarter final, something to be cheerful for. Oh crap, now we’ve got to play free-scoring Manchester City. There are plenty of good memories to go with this fixture for Sunderland fans but here are some thoughts from the other side. We spoke with Rob from City’s best blog site Typical City (@TypicalCity) about their title challenge, our season, Adam Johnson and of course – the match. [More]

Sunderland Vs Manchester City - 40 Years On

The epic 1973 FA Cup victory has long been written into the annals of history. Sadly it is so distant that the majority of current fans were not even born or too young to appreciate the full scale of the achievement. Although I was fortunate enough to attend the heroic final, there is also a particular game I remember in the cup run against Manchester City, who were favourites after knocking Liverpool. [More]

We Will Change Everything - the Good and Bad of Paolo Di Canio

With the reign of Gus Poyet well underway, albeit (hopefully) not in its hay day, it would only be customary to review the rabble which he succeeded. Paolo Di Canio’s short yet radical period in charge of Sunderland definitely brought with it massive change – as the Italian promised - in the club's philosophy and how it was ran. Opinion on Di Canio, however, has much divided us fans ever since his name was mentioned in relation to the vacant post all the way back in April. There are ways in which the management aided the club and those which contributed heavily to the current, unsavoury situation… [More]