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 Post subject: Match Reports Sunderland v Sheff Utd Sat 09/09/17 15:00
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https://www.safc.com/news/ticket-news/2017/september/sheffield-united-tickets-on-sale

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Sunderland’s next home game will see Sheffield United the visitors to the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats welcome the Blades to Wearside on Saturday 9 September, in a traditional 3pm kick off.

Junior (under 16) seats for the game are available for just £10 and supporters aged over 65 or under 22 can buy a ticket for £16. Adult seats are available from £25.

Hospitality options are available throughout the stadium’s suites and lounges, starting from £50 per person in the Black Cats Bar – call 0371 911 1555 or email hospitality@safc.com for further details.

HOW TO BUY MATCH TICKETS
Online: www.safc.com (24-hour service)

Telephone: 0371 911 1973 (24-hour service)

In-person: Stadium of Light ticket office, opening hours as listed -

Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm,

Non-matchday Saturday, 10am - 1pm

Match day Saturday 10am until kick off

Sunday, CLOSED

PRINT YOUR OWN MATCH TICKETS

Sunderland’s online ticket system is available 24 hours a day, so supporters can book their seat at the Stadium of Light whenever it’s convenient. By booking match tickets online, supporters can also print their own match ticket with the club’s special ‘print at home’ service.

All that is needed is a printer linked to a home PC. The instructions are contained within the online ticket system and are quick and easy to follow. Supporters can then print you’re their match ticket, which will feature a bar code that is simply presented at the turnstiles on arrival at the stadium.

There’s no queuing to collect tickets and no administration fee, saving both time and money.


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/september/watch-graysons-pre-sheff-united-presser

Simon Grayson’s pre-Sky Bet Championship press conference will be broadcast live on our Facebook page tomorrow afternoon.

The press conference will commence at 3pm on Thursday afternoon, with the Sunderland boss previewing Saturday's home match against Chris Wilder's Blades.


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https://rokerreport.sbnation.com/2017/9/6/16256756/mcgeady-back-early-for-treatment-sunderland-should-have-no-other-concerns-from-internationals


McGeady back early for treatment; Sunderland should have no other concerns from internationals

Simon Grayson’s main concern ahead of Saturday’s game with Sheffield United is the fitness of Aiden McGeady but the rest of the Sunderland players away on international duty appear to have come through their games unscathed.

Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady looks set to miss Saturday’s clash with Sheffield United but the Black Cats appear to have no more injury concerns from players returning from international matches.

Didier Ndong, Lamine Kone, John O’Shea and new signing Jonny Williams played no part on the pitch in their country’s fixtures while Bryan Oviedo appears to have come through two games for Costa Rica unscathed.

McGeady had returned to Wearside for treatment by the time the Republic of Ireland kicked off their game against Serbia last night.

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea was an unused substitute for the second Eire game in a row as Martin O’Neill’s side were beaten by a goal to nil in Dublin.

New signing Jonny Williams - on loan at the Stadium of Light from Crystal Palace for the season - has not featured for Wales who beat Austria at the weekend and Moldova last night in their brace of qualifying games.

Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong left the Gabonese camp following a bust-up as his teammates were first beaten 3-0 by the Ivory Coast before keeping their faint hopes of World Cup qualification alive with a 2-1 victory in the follow-up - despite playing the second half with ten men.

Lamine Kone played no part in either fixture - missing the first game and sitting out the second on the bench.

Black Cats left back Bryan Oviedo first came through Costa Rica’s victory over the USA at the weekend and followed it up with another sixty minutes in a 1-1 draw with Mexico - the game being played out in the early hours of UK time this morning.

With McGeady joining teenage striker Josh Maja plus long-term absentees Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore in the treatment room, Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has a fairly strong squad from which to pick his side to face Sheffield United. Brendan Galloway may also be a doubt with the Everton loanee nursing an ankle injury.


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports Sunderland v Sheff Utd Sat 09/09/17 15:00
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I have my doubts about this one.



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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports Sunderland v Sheff Utd Sat 09/09/17 15:00
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Les Miserable wrote:
I have my doubts about this one.

Aw c'mon, it has only been 9 months since we last won at home. You make it sound as though we never win at home :P . Seriously though, we put that never winning in August monkey to bed err, last month didn't we?
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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports Sunderland v Sheff Utd Sat 09/09/17 15:00
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Another reason to be cheerful, Les.


Team P GD Pts
  • 1 Cardiff 5 8 15
  • 2 Ipswich 5 3 12
  • 3 Leeds 5 5 11
  • 4 Wolves 5 3 10
  • 5 Sheff Utd 5 1 9
  • 6 Nottm Forest 5 0 9
  • 7 Preston 5 1 8
  • 8 Hull 5 5 7
  • 9 Middlesbrough 5 1 7
  • 10 QPR 5 0 7
  • 11 Reading 5 0 7
  • 12 Derby 5 -2 7
  • 13 Bristol City 5 1 6
  • 14 Fulham 5 1 6
  • 15 Barnsley 5 0 6
  • 16 Sheff Wed 5 0 6
  • 17 Millwall 5 2 5
  • 18 Aston Villa 5 -2 5
  • 19 Sunderland 5 -3 5
  • 20 Birmingham 5 -3 4
  • 21 Burton 5 -5 4
  • 22 Norwich 5 -6 4
  • 23 Brentford 5 -4 2
  • 24 Bolton 5 -6 2


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports Sunderland v Sheff Utd Sat 09/09/17 15:00
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41132794

New signings Marc Wilson, Callum McManaman and Jonny Williams are all in line to make their Sunderland debuts.

Winger Aiden McGeady is doubtful after picking up a hamstring injury playing for the Republic of Ireland.

Sheffield United could give debuts to deadline day signings Clayton Donaldson and Ben Heneghan.

Striker Leon Clarke serves the final game of his three-match ban while fellow forward Caolan Lavery (fractured cheekbone) is out for a month.

SAM's prediction
Home win 49% Draw 27% Away win 24%


SAM, the Sports Analytics Machine, is a super-computer built by @ProfIanMcHale of the University of Liverpool.

Match facts

  • Sunderland have won seven of their last eight home matches against Sheffield United (D1) in all competitions since a 1-0 defeat in the top flight in March 1991.
  • The Blades have not scored in any of their last five trips to the Stadium of Light in all competitions. The last Sheffield United player to score there was Gareth Taylor in a 4-2 defeat in January 1998.
  • Sunderland have not won a league match in September since 2012, enduring a run of three draws and nine defeats since a 1-0 home win over Wigan.
  • Sheffield United have failed to score in either of their away league games this season, having only failed to score in one of their previous 22 on the road in league competition.
  • Only Martyn Waghorn (3) has scored more away goals than Lewis Grabban (2) in the Championship this term.
  • Billy Sharp is the only Sheffield United player to score a goal in the Championship this season, netting four of their five in total (one own goal).


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Les Miserable wrote:
I have my doubts about this one.



Doomed?



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We're going to win 2-0. Haway :D


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Becs wrote:
We're going to win 2-0. Haway :D



Such a win would put us comfortably into mid table, wouldn't it?


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Settle for a good performance with the new signings showing well. Unfortunately for a lot of fans you can't lose and perform anything other than badly so I'm hoping for a win although without any conviction



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Galloway is the weakest link in that team. He is absolutely clueless. Doesn't know where the ball is half the time and doesn't know how to defend. We have been sussed out on that by every team we've played so far and they abuse him. He needs to be dropped.

Kone should never have been captain. He looks disinterested and just strolled about looking like he didn't want to be there. There was no leadership at all in that team.

Williams was a lone bright spark. He tried his best when everyone else was flapping about but one man on his own isn't going to win a match. McManaman looked ok from the brief spell he came on for.

Started positive and looked reasonable for the first 20 minutes. Not world beaters, but just ok. Then they scored on a counter and that was it. We just packed in and gave up. It's this mentality that frustrates me the most. It's childish and it has to be stamped out. Nobody has the drive and passion to win a match.

Yet again it looks like a season where we've cobbled together a load of misfits who don't care about each other, the club or winning matches.

Horrible atmosphere in the stands today. Lots of very angry people and I saw a couple of fights. There was an incident where a bottle was thrown on the pitch at Donaldson after he scored and fighting broke out behind the goal. I sit in the family corner and some chavs were being idiots all match. They left early and were swearing horrifically when they went past us, so I'm glad my youngest wasn't there today. Something happened further down and fists started flying and the apparently the scuffle broke out again in the concourse. Horrible to see in the family section and bairns were upset and crying because of it.


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To what depths have we sunk?

Mr Short, are you proud of yourself?


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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41132794

SAT, 09 Sept 2017Championship
Sunderland 1 - 2 Sheffield United
Rodwell ---------- Donaldson
(90'+4 minutes) (21' minutes, 77' minutes)

Clayton Donaldson scored twice on his Sheffield United debut to condemn Simon Grayson's Sunderland to a third consecutive Championship defeat.

Donaldson beat goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter at the near post to open the scoring midway through the first half.

The former Birmingham striker doubled his tally on 77 minutes by finding the top corner from David Brooks' through-ball on the counter-attack.

Jack Rodwell then scored a consolation from a free-kick in injury-time.

Donaldson scored just six goals for Birmingham last season, but he took his chances well to move the promoted Blades into fifth place, with 12 points from their opening six games.

The 33-year-old's goals were particularly valuable, considering they were the first United have managed away from home this season.

Rodwell scored from Sunderland's only shot on target in the 94th minute, but left it much too late to trouble Chris Wilder's side.

The Black Cats are winless in the league since 13 August and have taken just five points this season since being relegated from the Premier League.

Sunderland manager Simon Grayson:


"It is like Groundhog Day: we started decent enough, tried to get the first goal on the front foot, and 25 seconds before they put it in our net we nearly score.

"Confidence gets drained out of the team when we concede and that not just this year, it's over a number of years here. We have to overcome that obstacle.

"We have to roll our sleeves up, stick our chests out and get over this obstacle which has been in place for a number of years.

"It's a fragile state of mind, Soon it can change very quickly, we are all in this together, the fans, supporters and the staff. We have to try to ride this storm of negativity."

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:

"It's a great day for Clayton and a fantastic day for our football club. It was our first away win for six years at this level, so to come to an iconic stadium like this and do it, it was great reward for them all.

"We felt Clayton was what we needed. It's not always available to us but we wanted someone to run in behind, the goals showed everyone what he is all about.

"I've almost signed him eight times. Ask every player he has played with and they will come to the same conclusions: he's hard-working, under-rated, first-class and he is a team player.

"The players went out and produced a solid, fantastic away performance. We are disappointed with their goal at the end, but we were a threat all game."

Team Sheets

Sunderland

25 Ruiter
18 Browning
23 Koné Substituted for O'Shea at 45'minutes
36 Wilson Booked at 41mins
26 Honeyman Substituted for Gooch at 74'minutes
17 Ndong
8 Rodwell
15 Galloway
7 Williams
9 Vaughan Substituted for McManaman at 60'minutes
11 Grabban

Substitutes

1 Steele
2 Jones
13 McManaman
16 O'Shea
21 Matthews
24 Gibson
27 Gooch

Sheff Utd

27 Blackman
6 Basham
13 Wright
5 O'Connell
18 Freeman
15 Coutts Booked at 48 mins
21 Duffy Substituted for Lundstram at 68 'minutes Booked at 90 mins
4 Fleck
3 Stevens
11 Donaldson Substituted for Evans at 80'minutes
10 Sharp Substituted for Brooks at 68'minutes

Substitutes

2 Baldock
7 Lundstram
16 Carter-Vickers
24 Lafferty
31 Eastwood
32 Evans
36 Brooks


Referee:

Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
29,579 - Another thing for Mr Short to ponder on?


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Tickets bought for Tuesday and not looking forward to it. Mainly because if we go behind the atmosphere will be poisonous and the stadium deserted by 85 mins.

Becs' report on the reaction in the stands is a concern and points to a change in the way some "supporters" feel it is acceptable to behave. Grayson has a huge task if he is to turn the team around which is the only thing that will get us out of this depressing state. Encouraging that his latest signings appear to be upgrades but worrying that a lot of players seem capable of sinking below whatever level they are supposed to be playing. I believe they could under-perform in The Wensleydale League - and some weeks even I looked OK in that!



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This makes Tuesday a must win match. A scrappy win will paper over the cracks and move us up a few places. A good win may help turn the confidence levels back up and help us move up the table to a semi-decent position by Christmas. A defeat on the other hand will plunge us into the situation of all those who have gone before. You know what I mean the teams that were once good and then plunged to the depths like Portsmouth, Leeds, Huddersfield, Wolves etc.


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It is all very worrying.


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http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/sport/football/sunderland/15525911.Sunderland__How_did_the_poor_Black_Cats_rate_against_Sheffield_United_/

Player ratings from the match. Strangely, they range from bloody awful to poor.


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http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/phil-smith-analysis-distressing-directionless-sunderland-performace-1-8746794

Phil Smith analysis: Distressing, directionless Sunderland performace


Right from the start, when Sunderland launched the kick-off into the stands, allowing Sheffield United to take the ball and feel their way into the game, this was a distressingly directionless performance.

The pride and tentative sense of rebirth that followed the opening night draw with Derby, a front foot performance of bravery and vigour, has evaporated now.

This was the trademark 2017 Stadium of Light display, predictable and static, on and off the ball.

Little spark, little incision, little discipline.

These displays are one thing against the Manchester City and Manchester United’s, of this world, they are quite another against the middling sides of the second tier.

Sheffield United were impressive, disciplined and tenacious. Their organisation was evident, and they deserved the win.

Like Leeds, however, they did little but let Sunderland have the ball, trusting they would soon get it back and that when they did, there would be spaces to attack. So it proved.

These are early days in the season and overreactions should always be warned against, but faith dwindles fast after a season like the last and with Nottingham Forest arriving in less than 48 hours, an improvement is simply a must.

This must be the nadir of this Sunderland side’s journey, the early low watermark from which greater resilience was born. There are too many who have been too ground down by what they have seen of late, and they cannot be expected to keep coming back for more.

There has been critcism of the set-up and certainly, it did not work.

With debutants and players returning from international duty just before this game, to opt for a radically different shape was odd and Sunderland were disjointed throughout.

Particularly evident was Sunderland’s lack of dynamism in the wing-back areas, a demanding, specialist position in which George Honeyman and Brendan Galloway understandably struggled.

With no width in the side, no runners getting near the byline, Sundelrand resorted to aimless long balls and with James Vaughan struggling to make any impact in the air against Sheffield United’s three man defence, it made for particularly turgid fare.

An injury to Lamine Kone seemed to present an obvious opportunity for change at half-time but as it was there was none, the game as good as gone by the time Callum McManaman arrived. It is true that Sunderland failed at the basics here, unable to compete off the ball or set any kind of tempo on it, but they were not helped by a gameplan that seemed hard to decipher at times.

McManaman’s display, brave and direct, offered some cause for optimism and the Black Cats will certainly be a different prosect when they have the winger and Aiden McGeady in the same side.

Jonny Williams, too, showed a desire to get on the ball and look forward that will serve his side well.

It will offer little consolation to Sunderland fans at the moment but Grayson came through a similar patch at Preston last season before his signings began to make a sustained difference to the performances and the results.

Sunderland’s new arrivals all spoke of the size of the club and their pride at signing, but they will now realise that after last season there is tension in the air and they will have to find their feet quickly.

Their manager and their club cannot afford many more days like this, lifeless and acrimonious both at once.


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