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15 hours ago

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
2 days ago

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...

5 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...

5 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...

6 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...