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Blunt Sunderland desperately need January transfer activity

Fabian Delph saw red for Aston Villa, but a blunt Sunderland side failed to find a way through the 10 men.

If Sunderland manager Gus Poyet needed one last argument to clinch his case for money to be spent on creativity and finishing power, a flat goalless draw against Aston Villa -- Sunderland's sixth of the season -- surely provided it.

The failure to break down Villa, a poor side made poorer with the dismissal of Fabian Delph early in the second half, was little short of lamentable.

Although Jordi Gomez hit a Villa post and a frantic goalmouth scramble almost led to a Sunderland goal, the home side...

Derby day delight soon turns to misery for Sunderland

James Chester was on target as Hull City claimed a vital three points away at Sunderland.

Not for the first time and no matter who happens to be manager, Sunderland failed to follow one good performance -- a fourth consecutive victory over Newcastle United -- with another.

Instead, former Black Cats boss Steve Bruce notched up a much-needed win for Hull City, who prevailed 2-1 at the Stadium of Light for his fourth win in a row against Sunderland.

One of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, held that nothing in the world could be said to be certain "except death...

Sunderland want to keep positive momentum going against Hull

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet believes Hull City will come out swinging in their Boxing Day clash.

After November ended with a thoroughly deserved goalless stalemate against Chelsea, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet acknowledged that December was a month of crucial importance from which wins, not more draws, were needed.

As he prepares to follow the dramatic, morale-boosting victory at Newcastle with a Boxing Day home tie with Hull City, he is on course to achieve his wish.

The four games so far in the pre-Christmas fixtures list have produced one win and two draws, a run marred only by the 4-1 lesson...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point in the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below. Click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Club-by-club guide

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Leicester
(C-)

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Hull City
(D)

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Burnley
(C-)

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Crystal Palace
(C-)

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QPR
(E)

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West Brom
(D)

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Sunderland
(C)

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Stoke City
(B-)








 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point of the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions on their sides. Who's your side's unlikely hero and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below -- click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Club-by-club guide

Countdown
Leicester
(C-)

Countdown
Hull City
(D)

Countdown
Burnley
(C-)

Countdown
Crystal Palace
(C-)

Countdown
QPR
(E)

Countdown
West Brom
(D)

Countdown
Sunderland
(C)

Countdown
Stoke...








Sunderland Report Card: A summary of the Black Cats' Premier League season

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was pleased with an early Christmas gift courtesy of Adam Johnson who scored late to give the Black Cats a 1-0 win over Newcastle United.

With the Premier League season edging towards its halfway point, who has starred for Sunderland and what does the second half of the campaign have in store? Here's a look at how Gus Poyet's crew have fared so far.

Grade: C

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

There have been too few highs, too many disappointments, too many draws (especially goalless ones) and not enough points on the board.

Highlight

Winning 3-1 at Crystal Palace was a boost for Sunderland but there can be only one...