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Another draw would suit Sunderland in derby

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Craig Burley weigh in on Jozy Altidore's future with Sunderland.

It is one of the fiercest of local derbies in football and its outcome affects fans for days, even seasons, to come, throughout the north-east of England.

If Sunderland's game at Newcastle United on Sunday is won by either side, the result will bring exhilaration to one set of fans, deep gloom to the other.

Forget any assumption that with so much more in common than to divide them, the cities of Newcastle and Sunderland should really take football rivalries less seriously.

Gone, long ago...

By ESPN Staff
2 days ago

Is it time for Altidore to move on?

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Craig Burley weigh in on Jozy Altidore's future with Sunderland.

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Altidore's Sunderland effort is laudable but maybe he should move on

The ESPN FC crew react to Jozy Altidore's shocking miss against West Ham, in a Sunderland career where he's scored only two goals in 69 Premier League appearances.

Two minutes before Sunderland's kickoff Saturday against West Ham, a post appeared on the A Love Supreme message board with the topic, "Today is Jozy Altidore's day," followed by the text, "He will win this for us today. His time has come. Haway Jozy."

Just over 50 minutes later, after Altidore had tied his feet in a knot when presented with a tap-in from three yards out, someone else posted on the same thread:

"Love him, but let's face facts: He's rotten at football."

Moments later, on another...

By ESPN Staff
4 days ago

Holden: Jozy is a good footballer

The ESPN FC crew react to Jozy Altidore's shocking miss against West Ham, in a Sunderland career where he's scored only two goals in 69 Premier League appearances.

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By ESPN Staff
5 days ago

Poyet: I'm ready to be more honest

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet expressed his frustration with his side's performance in their 1-1 draw with West Ham, while also claiming it takes a lot for his side to even claim a single point.

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