Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland: Player Ratings & Match Analysis

This ladies and gentlemen is what it is like to witness a good away performance over ninety minutes without the red cards and other nonsense. I’m not beaming with pride nor racked with disgruntlement. I don’t feel it’s necessarily to lavish a great deal of praise but neither do I sense that impending doom is upon us. Despite how big a point it is and how admirable a performance it was, it all feels a bit…meh…really. [More]

Another Legend Villa Nicked

This week proved difficult to conjure up with a topic for the history piece, but little did I know that it had been slapping me in the face for days, may be even weeks leading up to this fixture – Gavin McCann. [More]

Sunderland Vs Aston Villa: Interview with The Villa Blog

We visit Aston Villa on Saturday in yet another huge game. Well, let’s be honest, every game is massive when you’re bottom of the table. For some insight from the other side, Damian from Villa’s best blog site The Villa Blog (@thevillablog) kindly spent the time answer some questions on Sunderland, Paul Lambert and the match. [More]

Sunderland Must Not Rely On Home Comforts

There was something canny significant about Crystal Palace’s away victory with ten men which seemed to draw out our road to recovery to what feels a never ending length. I don’t necessarily think the result has made our survival any less palpable, perhaps it was better they did win, however seeing us slip back to the Premier League basement does hack away at the weary, old optimistic side of me. I hear a lot of people talk to me about how much easier we have things at home over the second half of the year which surely blind sights the difficulties we will face away from home. [More]

Guest Post: Five Players Sunderland Need to Ship Out in January

With lots of talk going around regarding players being brought into Sunderland this January, who needs to leave Gus Poyet’s squad? It is well documented that the club have nine players coming to the end of their contracts in the summer and many will feel it is a great opportunity to get rid of the ‘dead wood’ that has occupied Sunderland’s squad over the past few years. Most of the players out of contract are high earners at the club but the January window offers Ellis Short a fantastic opportunity to sell some of Sunderland’s average players and bring in people who can actually keep us up. [More]