Should Sunderland Sell Fletcher?

It always irks me when managers start flapping their gums about signing players from other teams. Neil Lennon doing just that about Steven Fletcher, even going to the extent of throwing out some valuations. Ironically, he goes on to say it is purely speculation and that there has been no contact between the clubs. Anyway, so here we are talking once more about strikers – but would cashing in on Fletcher be a wise decision? [More]

Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa: Match Reaction & Analysis

It's just excruciating, isn't it? The stage couldn't have been set more perfectly for a Phoenix-like rise from the Premier League dungeon. Four league games unbeaten, facing an Aston Villa side in truly awful form, on New Year's Day, at home - it was destined to go wrong, wasn't it? We've done this whole Sunderland supporting thing too long to think any different. [More]

Cardiff Point Means More than Everton Three

I was out celebrating my step-son’s birthday as the lads were (eventually) battling their way to a point on our very first visit to the Cardiff City Stadium. Checking my Twitter feed for updates I decided it was a lost cause at 2-0 down after around 75mins. A final check getting in the car home brought the surprising news that somehow we had managed to haul ourselves level for a vital point. Very un-Sunderland like this; first passing, now comebacks? What on earth is going on Gus? [More]

Cardiff 2-2 Sunderland: Player Ratings

The incredible comeback can't completely cover the cracks evident particularly in our back four, neither can its importance be undervalued. Not only does it continue our unbeaten run into a huge January - but it ensures we creep that bit closer to 17th. It's that grit and determination which could ensure our Premier League survival. Time to rate some players then… [More]

Cardiff 2-2 Sunderland: Match Analysis & Reaction

Now this is all just getting really, really ridiculous. How is a person supposed to lead a happy, healthy lifestyle in tandem with enduring relentless torture every time Sunderland step on the pitch? Incredibly, we play the worst 75 minutes of football since our last trip to Wales, yet somehow score two away goals in one game for the first time this season to rescue a point – creeping ever closer to safety. [More]