October 28, 2011
Two away games, and two good performances. I have had enough of those times we have played well and not won, and the Arsenal contest was very much in that vein.
Giving a goal away so early in the game at the Emirates was always going to make it an uphill battle, even though Arsenal are not the powerhouse they used to be. However, they still have some great players and Robin van Persie was the difference between the two sides. Overall, as the away team, Sunderland gave as good as they got and the crucial 15 minutes up to half time decided the game in the end, when The Lads missed several excellent chances. Larsson’s excellent free kick was mirrored late on by Van Persie, so it was a 2-1 reverse, but fans will have been encouraged, even in defeat.
October 14, 2011
A break, a bit of a light news week and the media are dredging up more stories about Steve Bruce, with Martin O'Neill supposedly waiting in the wings...
To be honest I do not really see what all the fuss is about. OK, we have not had a great start, and are close to the bargain basement of the Premier League, with 1 win in 7 games. Bruce has attracted some top-class players to the club, and nobody can say he is not committed to the cause. He has taken criticism on the chin, defended himself, and to be fair to him a 10th place finish last season was the club’s 3rd highest finish since 1955.
October 6, 2011
So another week, another point in the best league in the world, but that simple statement does not quite tell the story of this game. Two disastrous pieces of defending, and West Brom are 2-0 up after 5 minutes, and from then on it was an uphill battle for Sunderland. It was discouraging to see Shane Long leave Michael Turner in his wake for the second, but the big centre-back was no doubt rusty after his long lay-off, and the defence could do nothing but improve from then on, following such an early setback.