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Sunderland heading down?

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6 days ago

Struggling and sloppy Sunderland look like relegation candidates

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone looks on as Sunderland gifted Arsenal two goals at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Any hopes Sunderland had of bouncing straight back from the nightmarish 8-0 defeat at Southampton last week were demolished as two terrible errors handed Arsenal a comfortable win.

Arsene Wenger did not bring the famous "Invincibles" of 2004 to the Stadium of Light, but even the Gunners of 2014 proved far too good for a home side that looked every inch relegation contenders.

The muttering among home supporters at the end revealed widespread recognition that some of Gus Poyet's squad are simply not...

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6 days ago

Three Points: Sanchez the tonic as Arsenal punish Sunderland

SUNDERLAND, England -- A trio of observations on Arsenal's 2-0 win vs. Sunderland in the Premier League.

Similar pain for sloppy Sunderland and Mannone

This time, Vito Mannone only had to pick the ball from his net just twice. That was rather better than eight as suffered at Southampton, but Sunderland could not prevent Arsenal from escaping the north-east with an important win, only the third victory of their halting Premier League campaign. Mannone, though, will rue a last-minute skew that doubled...

 By Chris Wright
7 days ago

Sunderland's 8-0 thrashing at Southampton recreated in Lego

We've seen iconic footballing moments such as the 1966 World Cup final, Dennis Bergkamp's magnificent goal for Netherlands against Argentina in 1998 and Luis Suarez's bite faithfully recreated using the medium of Lego over the years, so it's only fitting that Santiago Vergini's inimitable own goal at St Mary's on Saturday should join the brick-by-brick pantheon.

Strangely, the Lego version is far, far less blocky and awkward than the real thing.

Oct 23, 2014

Sunderland must pay fans back on field against Arsenal

Gus Poyet seemed to be shifting the blame after the Southampton defeat.

Perhaps all is not lost for Sunderland. Maybe the 8-0 drubbing at Southampton was, as the remaining optimists among supporters keep telling themselves, no more than a blip, a freak.

For the realists, who necessarily include more than 2,500 fans who made the long trip to St Mary's last weekend, the heavy clouds have not lifted. There are a dozen or more fixtures that Sunderland can only wish had come along next rather than Arsenal, even at home.

Despite a disappointing 2-2 draw against Hull City...

 By Chris Wright
Oct 21, 2014

Is this Sunderland fan the unluckiest football supporter ever?

The Southampton scoreboard shows a barely believable 8-0 result between Saints and Sunderland.

If you think you've had it rough as a football fan, spare a thought for this lifelong Sunderland supporter.

Cass Farrar went to St Mary's to watch his side lose 8-0 against Southampton last Saturday and was also there on BOTH of the other times when they lost by such a scoreline.  Farrar, 69, has been a Sunderland supporter since his childhood and has travelled across the land to watch his beloved club play.

As such, he can now "boast" he has seen them succumb to a whopping 8-0 drubbing no...

Oct 18, 2014

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...