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Criticism of Sartori Juan Sartori is expected to officially announce that he will be running for the Uruguayan National Party’s candidate for President on Tuesday, 11 December. Ahead of that date, the Sunderland board member will head to the National Party’s headquarters later today to meet it’s chair of the board Beatriz Agrimon before announcing his candidacy. As an outside to Uruguayan politics and of the National Party itself - Sartori only joined the group in September - he has been the subject of a lot of in-fighting and criticism, with both the company he founded UAG (Union Agriculture Group) and Sartori himself having to defend the company from political attacks. Uruguayan newspaper Busqueda
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2 days ago
Many in Sunderland saw the 2016 referendum as a chance to strike a blow to the political establishment. Now they see it as another example of broken promises.
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1 week ago
Hundreds of Sunderland fans are getting into the spirit of Christmas by buying tickets to the Black Cats’ Boxing Day game against Bradford City, and donating them back to the club.
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El-Abd on Arca Wycombe Wanderers captain Adam El-Abd recently skippered his side to a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light, with only a late Josh Maja goal rescuing a point for Sunderland. The former Brighton man has been looking back at his career with the Daily Mail and says the best player he has ever faced was also during a league game at the Stadium of Light. According to El-Abd, when he was just coming through the ranks at the South Coast club when he started at right-back and came up against Sunderland legend Julio Arca: Again it is difficult to pick one and Carlos Tevez was one, but I always remember there was a lesson I received when I was 19 or 20 in my debut season for Brighton. I was
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Another team that attempted to play football against Sunderland failed to come away with three points, but Barnsley were so close to defeating the Black Cats on their home turf. On a extremely wet and windy Tuesday night, Sunderland came away 4-2 winners over promotion rivals Barnsley at the Stadium of Light to hold onto second place in the table. The gaffer made one change to the side that drew 2-2 against Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium with Chris Maguire coming back into the starting eleven in place of Bryan Oviedo, after the King was sidelined for the trip to the West Midlands. Max Power was available after his debatable red card against the Saddlers was overturned by the Football Association
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10. Kader Mangane Kader Mangane - the man most famous for picking up a six month ban after a horrific tackle on Valenciennes midfielder Jonathan Lacourt in 2009 - joined Sunderland on loan in the January of 2013 from Al-Hilal (yeah, I know... who?). Why Martin O’Neill brought the Senegalese centre back to Wearside when he already had a healthy roster of them already at the club is something of a mystery. Add that to the fact the former Aston Villa manager never actually played him - it was in fact Paolo Di Canio who gave him his league debut at the club - and the transfer of Kader Mangane begins to make zero sense. Now retired, no one really understands the real reason why he actually rocked
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2 weeks ago
Poll Will Max Power ever regain your trust? Jack: If it’s an option, I’d happily send him back to Wigan! Sunderland’s performance in the opening 20 minutes against Walsall was possibly the best I’ve seen us play all season. We attacked with intensity and accuracy, we won about 100 corners, we forced their defenders into mistakes, we actually took effective and quick throw-ins, and Max Power almost scored a fantastic goal from outside the box. But then, Power decided to needlessly fly late into a challenge on the halfway line and earned his third straight red card in six appearances for Sunderland. We were very lucky to escape with a point and the ten men left on the pitch did everyone around
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2 weeks ago
Earlier today we suggested that Jack Ross would make a couple of changes to the team that started against Wycombe Wanderers last week. Last Saturday, the introduction of Max Power and Josh Maja for Dylan McGeough and Jerome Sinclair respectively, barely ten minutes into the second half, helped Sunderland secure a point that took The Lads within two points of leaders Portsmouth. This morning, we anticipated both would start the match today in place of the pair they replaced during that game at the Stadium of Light. Part of the thinking behind the changes was down to the injuries that both McGeough and Sinclair had been carrying this week. Ross also mentioned Chris Maguire had been struggling.
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Walsall have been in League One for ages, and you can’t help but admire their consistency; in fact, the Saddlers have resided in the third tier for so long now that you feel like we should have played them on the first day of the season... like when you start at a new job and someone who has been there a while gives you a tour, introduces you to Mary from accounts, shows you the jar where you put 50p in every week for tea and coffee, and so on. Alas, we face them this Saturday with the season a third of the way through and Sunderland well versed in all the idiosyncrasies of League One. Dean Keates’ men enjoyed a blistering start to the season, brushing off all kinds of upstarts as they finally went for that elusive promotion. The form of Walsall has dipped dramatically over recent games, so much so that they better not even consider clearing out their division three desk just yet.
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Walsall have been in League One for ages, and you can’t help but admire their consistency; in fact, the Saddlers have resided in the third tier for so long now that you feel like we should have played them on the first day of the season... like when you start at a new job and someone who has been there a while gives you a tour, introduces you to Mary from accounts, shows you the jar where you put 50p in every week for tea and coffee, and so on. Alas, we face them this Saturday with the season a third of the way through and Sunderland well versed in all the idiosyncrasies of League One. Dean Keates’ men enjoyed a blistering start to the season, brushing off all kinds of upstarts as they finally went for that elusive promotion. The form of Walsall has dipped dramatically over recent games, so much so that they better not even consider clearing out their division three desk just yet.
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2 weeks ago
Last week Sunderland announced that supporters will have the opportunity to vote for a new name for the Stadium of Light’s south stand, and a shortlist of four names has been drawn up by the lads behind the independent supporter’s group, the Red and White Army (RAWA) - the Roker End, the Wearside End, the Colliery End and the Raich Carter End. Renaming the south stand is one of many initiatives RAWA and Sunderland AFC are working together on, and I believe us being given the opportunity to take part in this is something that runs far deeper, and for many fans helps to form an identity around their love for Sunderland. The suggested names all share common themes which link back to not only Sunderland
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Martin O'Neill has indicated he plans to stay in football after stepping down as Republic of Ireland's manager following their Nations League relegation. O'Neill led Ireland to the last 16 at Euro 2016 but they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and dropped out of League B after a 0-0 stalemate away to Denmark on Monday. The 66-year-old previously enjoyed successful spells with Aston Villa and Leicester City in the Premier League and took charge of Ireland in November 2013 after he was sacked by Sunderland earlier that year.
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Martin O'Neill has indicated he plans to stay in football after stepping down as Republic of Ireland's manager following their Nations League relegation. O'Neill led Ireland to the last 16 at Euro 2016 but they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and dropped out of League B after a 0-0 stalemate away to Denmark on Monday. The 66-year-old previously enjoyed successful spells with Aston Villa and Leicester City in the Premier League and took charge of Ireland in November 2013 after he was sacked by Sunderland earlier that year.
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2 weeks ago
The former Sunderland striker couldn't finish training on Wednesday and is deemed unlikely to feature at all on Saturday
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Eastleigh’s good form since the arrival of Sunderland youngster Max Stryjek continued as they won 3-0 at Barrow in the National League. Not only did the goalkeeper keep another clean sheet, but the 22-year-old had a direct hand in the opening goal as his goal kick found Paul McCallum, who promptly turned and chipped the opposition goalkeeper - another Sunderland academy product in Joel Dixon - to put the visitors 1-0 up. Luke Molyneux came on with 25 minutes to remaining for Gateshead with the score goalless but the Sunderland winger couldn’t inspire his team to victory, as both teams struggled in front of goal. James Talbot, who had a five-year spell at the Academy of Light, recently signed for League of Ireland side Bohemians and after completing his transfer, he has been speaking about his experiences at Sunderland.
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3 weeks ago
Eastleigh’s good form since the arrival of Sunderland youngster Max Stryjek continued as they won 3-0 at Barrow in the National League. Not only did the goalkeeper keep another clean sheet, but the 22-year-old had a direct hand in the opening goal as his goal kick found Paul McCallum, who promptly turned and chipped the opposition goalkeeper - another Sunderland academy product in Joel Dixon - to put the visitors 1-0 up. Luke Molyneux came on with 25 minutes to remaining for Gateshead with the score goalless but the Sunderland winger couldn’t inspire his team to victory, as both teams struggled in front of goal. James Talbot, who had a five-year spell at the Academy of Light, recently signed for League of Ireland side Bohemians and after completing his transfer, he has been speaking about his experiences at Sunderland.
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3 weeks ago
Eastleigh’s good form since the arrival of Sunderland youngster Max Stryjek continued as they won 3-0 at Barrow in the National League. Not only did the goalkeeper keep another clean sheet, but the 22-year-old had a direct hand in the opening goal as his goal kick found Paul McCallum, who promptly turned and chipped the opposition goalkeeper - another Sunderland academy product in Joel Dixon - to put the visitors 1-0 up. Luke Molyneux came on with 25 minutes to remaining for Gateshead with the score goalless but the Sunderland winger couldn’t inspire his team to victory, as both teams struggled in front of goal. James Talbot, who had a five-year spell at the Academy of Light, recently signed for League of Ireland side Bohemians and after completing his transfer, he has been speaking about his experiences at Sunderland.
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3 weeks ago
GK: Jon McLaughlin Despite Robbin Ruiter getting the nod for the Checkatrade Trophy game with Morecambe on Tuesday, there can be no doubts that Jon McLaughlin will regain his place in the side for this afternoon. Special measures were taken by the club in order to recall the former Hearts stopper from international duty with Scotland, an agreement which Jack Ross made with Alex McLeish in order to give us the best possible chance of picking our strongest side. Ruiter looked rusty on Tuesday, though he did make one important stop later in the game, and it’s understandable since he’s not played a great deal of football so far this season. Having kept four straight league clean sheets, McLaughlin
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3 weeks ago
Jack Ross has been boosted this week by both a largely second-string victory in the Checkatrade Trophy and the early return of key players from international duty. Ross will have noted the progress of a number of fringe players and Academy stars in midweek before being in the enviable position of naming an unchanged league squad for today’s game. There may be one or two selection decisions to make, but Ross will be confident that Sunderland can secure the three points today to take them to the summit of League One. In our way sit a Wycombe side, newly promoted but making a strong push for league consolidation under Gareth Ainsworth. Wycombe have sold close to 750 tickets for their first ever
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3 weeks ago
Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray believes VAR should have come in much earlier but there are still things which they need to fine tune.
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3 weeks ago
The draw for the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy was made this afternoon, and Sunderland have been handed a home tie at the Stadium of Light against League Two side Notts County. The Magpies, who are currently managerless, sit third bottom of the fourth tier and have veteran former Sunderland derby hero David Vaughan on their books, so provided he’s fit he should return back to Wearside for what is likely to be the final time. Sunderland topped their group after a series of games in which they managed to stay unbeaten. The first tie, at the Stadium of Light against Stoke City U21s, finished 0-0 but was ‘won’ on penalties after a shoot-out was used to decide a bonus point. The second game,
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3 weeks ago
On team news heading into the Wycombe game... Relatively healthy. We obviously have a couple of long-term injuries in Charlie Wyke and Duncan Watmore, who are still working back towards full fitness. Other than that, much as we were last weekend. On the game going ahead this weekend... Well, I think we had one earlier in the season that we obviously chose to postpone because we had the option to do so because of the international call-ups we had. I think we would have been right on the cusp of meeting the criteria, but even prior to that, we had a conversation and discussion and we felt it was better for us to try and play this fixture. Simply because we’ve already got some difficulty in trying
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3 weeks ago
This is where the Checkatrade Trophy gets tough... the knockout stages! Sunderland won 1-0 at the Globe Arena on Tuesday night to finish top of Northern Group A in the EFL Trophy, ahead of Stoke City’s u21s, Carlisle United and Morecombe - the latest team to fail at the task of defeating Jack Ross’ spiritual side. The gaffer made a full set of changes to the side that won 2-1 against Port Vale on Sunday afternoon in the first round of the FA Cup. Youngsters including Jordan Hunter, Jake Hackett and Jack Diamond all came into the side for one of their first starts in the Sunderland first team. With three games in the matter of just seven days, Ross gambled on including some of the best players
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3 weeks ago
Jack Ross has the opportunity this evening to tinker with his squad and offer a number of rising Academy stars and those on the fringe of the first team the chance to impress as Sunderland travel to Morecambe for the latest round of Checkatrade Trophy games. Robbin Ruiter has performed well in this season’s competition and is a far more confident version than the keeper fans saw in the Championship last season. Much credit will go to Ross’ backroom staff, particularly the now-departed goalkeeper coach Jimmy Walker, for returning the Dutchman to the sort of form that prompted Simon Grayson to sign the stopper in 2017. With Jon McLaughlin available for the league game against Wycombe this weekend, tonight’s game will give Ruiter another opportunity to convince Ross that he is worthy of a new contract.
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4 weeks ago
8/1/12 - 3rd Round - Peterborough 0-2 Sunderland What a day this was. It may seem strange to rekindle my love for a FA Cup third round tie at Peterborough, but if you were there you’ll remember how much fun it was! We were in the middle of that incredible three month period under Martin O’Neill - you know, the one where we scored screamers every week and won games in the last minute - so we were all in damn good spirits. We were live on Sky and situated on terracing for the first time in decades! A free kick from Seb Larsson and a bullet header from James McClean sealed our passage through to round four. Yes - the win was pretty routine but impromptu renditions of “Oh Tommy Tommy”, “Super, Super
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Loan roundup Elliot Embleton was the star as Grimsby Town made it through to the second round of the FA Cup after a 3-1 home win over MK Dons. After a lacklustre first half by Grimsby, in which the visitors took the lead through Kieran Agard, Embleton took the game by the scruff of the neck. Just five minutes into the second half, Embleton got the ball on the edge of the Dons box, cut inside and curled a shot into the top corner to equalise. Not long later the Sunderland loanee got the ball out wide and whipped it in, and Wes Thomas took a touch, swivelled and hit a shot on the turn to give the hosts the lead. It was left to Charles Vernam to finish the scoring off as Grimsby qualified for the
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4 weeks ago
Sunderland have a big week ahead of them, one that threatens to test Jack Ross’ squad to its fullest. Two cup ties, both against League Two opposition, are quickly followed by a return to league action against mid-table Wycombe Wanderers during the international weekend. Having seen the trip to Blackppol postponed during the last international break, Sunderland have already indicated that the fixture will go ahead despite any call ups received by first team players. Whilst every good coach indicates that the next game is the focus, Jack Ross will surely be casting his eye over the next seven days and plotting a course to maintain Sunderland’s current run of form. Six wins on the trot could turn
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4 weeks ago
Arsenal youngster linked Now Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji are off the books, Sunderland should be able to strengthen the first team in January and according to former Sky Sports journalist Pete O’Rourke, an Arsenal youngster may be a target. O’Rourke claims that Sunderland have been scouting England under-20 midifielder Joe Willock and had him watched as recently as last week. The report claims Sunderland want to sign the 19-year-old on loan but face competition from clubs in the Championship, the Netherlands and France. Gooch discusses Sunderland Ahead of the FA Cup clash with Port Vale on Sunday, Lynden Gooch has been discussing his Sunderland career with the Metro newspaper. In it the
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November 9th, 2018
Poll Should SAFC take the FA Cup seriously this season? Matthew: Yes! The FA Cup is the greatest cup competition in world football, one that brings great memories that stick with you for the rest of your life. It’s a tournament full of excitement and controversy, with underdogs frequently making the headlines by beating the favourites - so why can that not be Sunderland this year? Ahead of our first-round tie against Port Vale on Sunday there has an ongoing debate as to whether we should make wholesale changes as we have little chance of realistically winning the tournament. Although I agree that we would need the luck of the draw to progress far, our team can only benefit from winning football
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November 7th, 2018
When Amazon.com Inc. released a documentary about England’s top soccer team earlier this year, viewers were given access to the locker room as players railroaded their way to winning Europe’s richest competition. Rival Netflix has chosen a wholly different route to illustrate the sport’s hold on certain aspects of British life: a story of failure. After Amazon’s “All or Nothing” depiction of Manchester City’s title win, Netflix is scheduled to air a series next month about Sunderland AFC, the soccer team in the city now more synonymous with Britain’s Brexit rebellion. During the most disastrous period in its history, Sunderland fell from the Premier League to the third tier in two seasons, losing
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November 7th, 2018
When Amazon.com Inc. released a documentary about England’s top soccer team earlier this year, viewers were given access to the locker room as players railroaded their way to winning Europe’s richest competition. Rival Netflix has chosen a wholly different route to illustrate the sport’s hold on certain aspects of British life: a story of failure. After Amazon’s “All or Nothing” depiction of Manchester City’s title win, Netflix is scheduled to air a series next month about Sunderland AFC, the soccer team in the city now more synonymous with Britain’s Brexit rebellion. During the most disastrous period in its history, Sunderland fell from the Premier League to the third tier in two seasons, losing
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November 7th, 2018
When Amazon.com Inc. released a documentary about England’s top soccer team earlier this year, viewers were given access to the locker room as players railroaded their way to winning Europe’s richest competition. Rival Netflix has chosen a wholly different route to illustrate the sport’s hold on certain aspects of British life: a story of failure. After Amazon’s “All or Nothing” depiction of Manchester City’s title win, Netflix is scheduled to air a series next month about Sunderland AFC, the soccer team in the city now more synonymous with Britain’s Brexit rebellion. While Amazon charted Manchester City’s surge toward a title worth about 150 million pounds in broadcast income and prize money, Netflix’s subject matter is a fallen giant in desperate need for cash.
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November 7th, 2018
Papy Djilobodji’s Sunderland career is finally over after the player and his representatives reached a severance agreement with the club. Official confirmation from the club came late today - after several weeks of legal wrangling a deal has been reached and the club are now able to officially sever all ties with the Senegalese defender. Stewart Donald had appeared on the Roker Rapport podcast last week and during his interview he gave an update on Djilobodji’s status, saying that it hadn’t been concluded yet: Djilobodji at the moment isn’t concluded, it’s with the solicitors. We’ve obviously said we’ll terminate his contract, he’s appealed that. So that hasn’t been completely concluded. So it’s
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November 6th, 2018
Alan will be appearing as a guest on the Roker Rapport Podcast in a few weeks when he visits the studio and we’ll be going more in-depth with him on his time as Sunderland manager, but in the meantime here’s a taster of what you can expect both from our conversation and from the book about his storied career, ‘Give Us Tomorrow Now’. The book’s author, David Snowdon, gives us a rundown of Durban’s turbulent spell at Sunderland in which he struggled for the most part when contending with then owner Tom Cowie, a relationship which ultimately broke down to the point where the Welsh manager was dismissed from his post in March 1984. In the summer of 1981, Alan Durban could easily have opted for the comfort of remaining as manager of Stoke City.
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November 5th, 2018
The long awaited reunion is due to host six performances in London, Manchester, Coventry, Sunderland, Edinburgh and Bristol
November 5th, 2018
The 1990s started with the young Sunderland team which Denis Smith had put together getting promoted to Division One, only to find themselves relegated on the final day by a Niall-Quinn inspired Manchester City. That side gradually broke up but achieved an FA Cup final appearance in 1992. After that, we saw a hopeless succession of managers and teams. Bob Murray seemingly lost interest, crowds fell and the feeling was just of despair as we witnessed our Tyne and Tees neighbours storm ahead of us - the decline of 1993-95 felt terminal. But then Peter Reid cheered us to promotion in 1996 and Bob Murray unveiled plans for a new stadium. The first team which Reid put together couldn’t survive our
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November 4th, 2018
Unless you’re a Chievo Verona fan, then you’re not laughing. Emanuele Giaccherini, a former Premier League player with Sunderland, was on the wrong end of the clincher for Sassuolo in a 2-0 Serie A win over Chievo Verona in the 94th minute. Goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino made a fabulous one-on-one save on Domenico Berardi right on the doorstep, and when the rebound fell to Giaccherini at the far post all by himself, instead of marshalling the ball to safety away from net, he attempted to chest it back to the goalkeeper for collection.
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October 30th, 2018
Seven games unbeaten, four wins in a row, three cleans sheets in a row. Ten league goals scored in October and only three against. Those are all great stats, but perhaps the most startling to me is our fantastic goal difference. When on earth did a Sunderland team ever have a positive goal difference of 17? Double digits!At a guess, maybe during Roy Keane’s promotion season? I’d have to check. We are the second highest scoring team after Peterborough in League One and possess the second meanest defence. Who has the tightest? Kudos to those citing Blackpool in twelfth place (who knew?). I’m no Rob Mason, but I know enough to know that these stats are unusual to say the least. Other than Coventry
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October 27th, 2018
Goalkeeper: Jon McLaughlin The man signed from Hearts in the summer is week by week starting to show exactly why he was regarded as the best goalkeeper in Scotland last season, and another impressive performance against Doncaster in midweek means that there’s absolutely no doubting that he’ll retain his place in the side this afternoon at the Stadium of Light. His performances are finally being rewarded with clean sheets, and you can bet he’ll want to ensure he keeps another one today - although, he’ll be hoping he doesn’t need to be making any last-ditch saves due to lapses in concentration from the defence and midfield in front of him. Defence: Matthews, Flanagan Baldwin & James Bryan Oviedo’s
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October 26th, 2018
In Sunderland’s opening eight games of the season, the Lads went behind early on five occasions and, in each, managed to turn the scoreline around and gain eleven points from a losing position - still the highest in the League to date and higher than we achieved in both 2016//17 and 2017/18 combined. Since then we have only conceded first on one occasion, in our only loss of the season away at Burton Albion. One of the vital factors in Sunderland being able to turn this around has been our superior fitness levels. Ross and his team have focused heavily on increasing the physical fitness of players who were already at Sunderland, and in the transfer window also brought in players who themselves fit this mould.
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October 25th, 2018
Explicit images of dozens of women who live in Sunderland have been posted online by a suspected hacker.
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October 24th, 2018
Just as he promised a couple weeks ago, Marcos Alonso has (yesterday) put pen to paper on a shiny brand new Chelsea contract, good for the next five seasons (well, four and change, to be technically correct) through the end of the 2022-23 season. The news already leaked last night, and Chelsea made it official this morning. Chelsea’s undisputed left back and left wing-back since Conte’s fateful switch to a 3-4-3 formation back in 2016, Marcos Alonso had to take the long road to success, despite a pedigree that’s up there with Spanish footballing royalty — both his father and his grandfather were Spanish internationals, the latter even a Real Madrid legend from the ‘50s. The third generation footballer may have also gotten his start at Real, but only after stops at Bolton, Sunderland, and Fiorentina did he manage to find his way back to the top of the professional game, winning the Premier League in his debut season with Chelsea and being voted into the PFA’s Team of the Yea...
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October 23rd, 2018
Sunderland miss out? League One rivals Walsall signed veteran defender Russell Martin last week, as the centre-half signed a deal that will see him be a player/coach at the Bescot Stadium until the end of the season. The Saddlers’ manager Dean Keates credited his friendship with the Scottish international for helping the seal the deal, particularly with interest in the 32-year-old from the Championship and ‘two of the biggest clubs in League One’: I don’t think I would have got him if we weren’t friends. I’ve been chasing him for weeks. There was a possibility of a move to a Championship club and he wanted to wait and see. But he is a man of his word and he said if he didn’t end up in the Championship,
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October 23rd, 2018
Despite not hitting their top gear in recent weeks, Sunderland have undoubtedly been effective. Jack Ross has highlighted the positives during his recent press conferences, yet there is clearly room for improvement. Injuries and suspensions have played their part as key players have missed games but, to the credit of those on the fringes of our squad, others have stepped in and taken their opportunities - the likes of Tom Flanagan and Jerome Sinclair, for example, have taken their chances, and Sunderland look like a side with quality in depth. The quality of Jack Ross’ squad will be tested again tonight when the Lads travel to Doncaster to take on another side that are flying high in the play-off places.
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October 23rd, 2018
Whisper it quietly, but Sunderland didn’t play particularly great in Saturday’s 2-0 victory away at Shrewsbury Town. Winning cures all, and the Black Cats were better after Jack Ross changed the team’s system to introduce Lynden Gooch and George Honeyman after half-time, but the indifferent performance means that it was more difficult than usual to settle on this week’s Power Rankings. Figuring where to place super-subs who barely played, or how much to punish dodgy defensive performances when your team escapes with a clean-sheet is really difficult. In the absence of a truly outstanding performance, Tom Flanagan finds himself top of our charts. The lanky defender has looked an assured presence
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October 22nd, 2018
Sunderland manager Jack Ross said in the week when I interviewed him that to be promotion candidates, they would need to win a string of matches to climb up the table - and that is exactly what the lads showed here. After the victory against Bradford City before the international break, it was vital for us to take all three points from the game at New Meadow. Saturday saw us take in yet another new League One ground, and one I suspect the majority of our fans haven’t visited. The atmosphere was fantastic in the ground as the gates at the New Meadow increased by a few thousand, not only because we sold out our allocation, but because many more home supporters made it along to see their team take on a club that only last year were part of the Premier League’s elite.
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October 22nd, 2018
Sunderland manager Jack Ross said in the week when I interviewed him that to be promotion candidates, they would need to win a string of matches to climb up the table - and that is exactly what the lads showed here. After the victory against Bradford City before the international break, it was vital for us to take all three points from the game at New Meadow. Saturday saw us take in yet another new League One ground, and one I suspect the majority of our fans haven’t visited. The atmosphere was fantastic in the ground as the gates at the New Meadow increased by a few thousand, not only because we sold out our allocation, but because many more home supporters made it along to see their team take on a club that only last year were part of the Premier League’s elite.
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October 22nd, 2018
Team News Sunderland made just one enforced change from their last league game, a 2-1 win at Bradford City, as the suspended Max Power was replaced by Dylan McGeouch. Lynden Gooch returned from injury to start on the bench. Sunderland continued with the 4-4-2 formation which produced some good performances before the international break. Jon McLaughlin continued in goal with Adam Matthews, Tom Flanagan, Jack Baldwin and Reece James starting in an unchanged back four. Dylan McGeouch sat with Lee Cattermole in the middle of the park, with the recently dethroned Chris Maguire on the right, and Aidan McGeady on the left. Josh Maja started in support of the on-loan Jerome Sinclair. Shrewsbury made
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October 21st, 2018
Yesterday afternoon’s 2-0 away win at League One strugglers Shrewsbury proved to be a great day the office for Sunderland, and in particular for our manager Jack Ross. The Black Cats were inspired by three second half substitutes as Ross was brave enough to take off top scorer Josh Maja when the match stood at 0-0. Lynden Gooch was the clear man of the match after setting up both goals. The American’s pace and direct running was exactly what we were missing throughout the first half. Furthermore, George Honeyman added energy in the midfield and was always available to receive the ball - he did not give it away. Luke O’Nein played his usual work-horse role, placing constant pressure on the opposition,
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