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2 days ago

Sunderland's all-around miscues results in utter embarrassment

Southampton absolutely embarrassed Sunderland by putting an astonishing eight goals past the visiting team.

Among the head-shaking Sunderland supporters trudging disconsolately from St Mary' stadium, there were those old enough to remember 8-0 maulings at West Ham (1968) or Watford (1982), or both. And there were the luckier ones.

It was not the occasion to remind any of them that until the 19th minute, when Southampton scored the second of their eight goals, Sunderland were arguably the better side, cruelly behind.

Thereafter such a quarrel ceased to have meaning.

An utterly wretched display by Gus Poyet's...

2 days ago

Sunderland's Santiago Vergini scores a spectacular own goal

Santiago Vergini's remarkable own goal was the lowlight of an afternoon to forget for Sunderland.

A round trip from Sunderland to Southampton is just over 550 miles. Given that, it's fair to say the Black Cats players -- and their suffering fans -- had plenty of time to think about just what they had done as they headed home following Saturday's 8-0 -- that's right, EIGHT -- thrashing at St Mary's.

Of all the low moments on a forgettable day, there was none lower than Santiago Vergini's (insert as you wish) fantastic/spectacular/awful own goal, which started the home side's rout. The Sunderland...

3 days ago

Sunderland prepare for Southampton, but Jozy prepares for exit

United States forward Jozy Altidore shares his thoughts on his current club situation, and the ESPN FC team debate whether he needs to leave Sunderland.

Paolo Di Canio's unhappy five Premier games in charge of Sunderland at the start of last season produced just one point -- a draw at Southampton -- before his abrupt dismissal.

On Saturday, the explosive Italian's successor Gus Poyet leads the club back to the south coast for a stiff test of how far they have come following last season's strife, when many thought they were doomed.

A first victory of the season before the international break restored smiles on Wearside, but these would vanish if...

Oct 4, 2014

Shot-shy Sunderland find shooting boots to boost Poyet

Steven Fletcher celebrates getting Sunderland off the mark in the Premier League this season, with two goals in their 3-1 win over Stoke City.

Sunderland's first win of the season coming via goals from strikers Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham would have made the 3-1 victory over Stoke City even more pleasing for Gus Poyet and company.

Fletcher, making his first start of the season, combined brilliantly with Wickham in a display of lethal force.

- Report: Sunderland 3-1 Stoke

It took less than four minutes for the Scot to cross invitingly for Wickham, who headed past Asmir Begovic with ease. Charlie Adam equalised following some defensive...

Oct 2, 2014

Poyet needs a result as Sunderland edge closer to relegation form

Jozy Altidore is struggling in front of goal for Sunderland, who have started the season in disappointing form.

Steve Bruce, the Hull City manager, comes under attack whenever he says football in the north east of England is blighted by unrealistic expectations. The derision comes mainly from supporters of Sunderland, as well as Newcastle United and in the case of the latter, it's surprising considering he is a Geordie.

Outside the region, it must seem as uncontroversial a statement as could be made by a man entitled to be considered knowledgeable about the game. And as Sunderland prepare to face Stoke City...

Sep 27, 2014

Message to Poyet: This is not good enough, Sunderland

Gus Poyet looks on frustrated during his Sunderland side's 0-0 draw against Swansea

When Steven Fletcher's late header from a superb Ricky Alvarez cross inched past the angle of post and bar against Swansea, it was painfully obvious Sunderland were heading toward a 0-0 stalemate.

There were no further clear-cut scoring opportunities, and Swansea held on despite having rather harshly gone down to 10 men -- Angel was Rangel shown the yellow card for the second time after 81 minutes.

A glance at Saturday's other results and the Premier League table is enough to show Sunderland's head...