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 Post subject: Match Reports: The remants of a once great club v Milwall
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:49 pm 

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Saturday 18th November 2017 @ 15:00. Stadium of Light.

https://www.safc.com/news/ticket-news/2017/november/black-cats-entertain-millwall



Sunderland return to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday when Millwall travel to Wearside.

The Stadium of Light showdown will kick-off at 3pm with both sides desperate for three points, as just five places separate the sides in the second-tier table.

Sunderland, of course, will be striving to move off the bottom of the table and a win could lift them out of the bottom three, with Burton Albion, who the Black Cats will face the following weekend, currently occupying 21st.

Saturday’s game is the first meeting between the Lads and Millwall since October 2004 and tickets are on sale now.

Adult tickets are available from £25, supporters over 65 will pay £19 and under 22s can buy a ticket for £16. Under 16s will be able to secure their seat for £10.

HOW TO BUY

Online: http://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 of
Sunday, CLOSED


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http://salutsunderland.com/2017/11/sunderland-vs-millwall-prize-guess-the-score/

Sunderland vs Millwall prize Guess the Score: will the wretched run finally end?

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FWIW My guess is 2-0


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:20 am 

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http://www.millwall.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=587376

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Sunderland and Millwall this Saturday.

Sunderland host Millwall on Saturday November 18 for the game at the Stadium of Light and the match carries a 3pm kick off.

Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Refs: Matthew McGrath and David Avent
Fourth Official: Mark Heywood

Match Day referee Robinson has officiated 19 games in 2017/18, showing 52 yellow cards and eight red cards already.

He took in 44 games in 2016/17 with a return of 185 yellow cards and nine red cards.

That year his highest card count was ten yellows in the game between Portsmouth and Wycombe Wanderers. He also showed nine yellows in the game between Leyton Orient and Exeter City.

He took charge of 43 games in 2015/16 and in those games, across all competitions and football divisions, he handed out a total of 149 yellow cards and nine red cards.

He was most card happy in the match between Yeovil and Carlisle in the FA Cup on January 19 where he showed a remarkable nine yellow cards and two reds.

Robinson was appointed to the EFL Referees List for the start of the 2012/13 season, taking charge of his first game between Southend United and Accrington Stanley. He was the fourth official at Wembley for the League Two Play-Off Final between AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth Argyle in May 2016. As part of the development programme, he represented the PGMOL at the Dallas Cup 2012 and at the Nike Cup in China in 2012.

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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: The remants of a once great club v Milwal
PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:47 pm 
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Hakuna Matata wrote:
http://salutsunderland.com/2017/11/sunderland-vs-millwall-prize-guess-the-score/

Sunderland vs Millwall prize Guess the Score: will the wretched run finally end?

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FWIW My guess is 2-0


Hope you're right HM as I'm making the pilgrimage. Had hoped it would be orchestrated by our new manager but even if we appoint him now it'll be Stockdale's team on Saturday.



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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: The remants of a once great club v Milwal
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:31 am 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41951283

Bottom club Sunderland are without defender Lamine Kone (knee) and striker James Vaughan (groin) for the visit of Millwall on Saturday.

Robbie Stockdale will be in caretaker charge of managerless(?) Sunderland.

Millwall have Jake Cooper available after suspension, but are without Jed Wallace, whose three-match ban begins.

Shaun Williams has returned to light training, but is not expected to be available until next month, while Byron Webster remains a long-term absentee.

Sunderland have not won at home since December 2016 and, if they do not beat the Lions, they will become the first league team in the history of English football to fail to pick up a victory in 20 consecutive home games in all competitions.

Their last home win was against Watford last December and they have drawn eight and lost 11 since then.

SAM's prediction
Home win 45% Draw 28% Away win 27%

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

Match facts

  • This is the first meeting between Sunderland and Millwall since the 2004-05 season - both sides picked up one victory each that campaign.
  • Millwall have won one of their last nine away matches at Sunderland (D3 L5) in all competitions, winning 1-0 in August 2003 with a goal from Noel Whelan.
  • James Vaughan has scored five goals in five league matches against Millwall.
  • No team has completed fewer passes in away Championship matches than the Lions this season (1,267).
Millwall, meanwhile, haven't won an away match since beating Scunthorpe in the League One play-off semi-final, and are winless in nine matches (D4 L5).


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: The remants of a once great club v Milwal
PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:37 am 
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If Kone and Vaughan are the only two missing we have an effectively full squad to choose from. Kone is unreliable at best and Vaughan would be my 2nd choice front man behind Grabban who's hold-up play takes pressure of midfield and defence.

Haway the Lads

PS - Thought Ndong was out myself



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:47 am 

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Sheep farmer wrote:
If Kone and Vaughan are the only two missing we have an effectively full squad to choose from. Kone is unreliable at best and Vaughan would be my 2nd choice front man behind Grabban who's hold-up play takes pressure of midfield and defence.

Haway the Lads

PS - Thought Ndong was out myself


It's OK. If he is out, we can bring Rodwell in.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:50 am 

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From Despair HQ.

Robbie Stockdale is expecting a real battle when Sunderland entertain Millwall at the Stadium of Light on Saturday (KO 3pm).

Seven points separate the sides in the Sky Bet Championship table but both will have to exorcise their demons in order to claim three points, with the Black Cats winless at home since December and the Lions yet to win on the road this campaign.

But Stockdale, who took charge of the Lads against Middlesbrough last time out, is feeling confident ahead of the game.

“Our fans haven’t gone home smiling [for far too long] and we plan to give them something to smile about tomorrow,” said Stockdale.

“It will be a really tough game – Neil Harris has done a fantastic job there – but we’ve done our work on them and it’s our next opportunity to win at home, and we want to do that.”

He continued: “They’re physical, they’re fairly direct and they also have good experienced throughout the team.

“Defensively they’re very sound in terms of the shape they play, but the players know what’s coming and we’ve prepared for it so hopefully we get the right result.

“We’re looking forward to it and we’ll be ready.”


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:51 pm 
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Hakuna Matata wrote:
Sheep farmer wrote:
If Kone and Vaughan are the only two missing we have an effectively full squad to choose from. Kone is unreliable at best and Vaughan would be my 2nd choice front man behind Grabban who's hold-up play takes pressure of midfield and defence.

Haway the Lads

PS - Thought Ndong was out myself


It's OK. If he is out, we can bring Rodwell in.



I'd actually forgotten he was still here :oops:



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:44 pm 

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Sheepy was right , BBC was wrong, no Ndong.

https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2017/november/millwall-h/team-news-v-millwall



Robbie Stockdale has named his starting XI for today’s game against Milwall (KO 3pm).

Adam Matthews replaces the injured Billy Jones as John O’Shea and Marc Wilson start in the centre of defence, with Ty Browning back from injury to make the bench.

Wales international Jonny Williams starts in midfield as Darron Gibson drops to the bench and Didier Ndong misses out, with Duncan Watmore amongst the starters.

Top scorer Lewis Grabban spearheads the attack and Aiden McGeady also features.

Sunderland: Ruiter, O’Shea, Wilson, Matthews, Oviedo, Cattermole, McNair, Williams, Watmore, McGeady, Grabban.
Substiutes: Steele, Rodwell, Vaughan, McManaman, Browning, Gibson, Honeyman.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:27 pm 

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Coleman will now know that we need a goalkeeper, but he won't be looking at Millwall for one.


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: The remants of a once great club v Milwal
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:58 am 
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Explains why Grayson said Steele was the best keeper! TBF he did quite well after the 2nd and made a good reflex save when Milwall had their other shot. We pretty much dominated without too many clear cut openings and the players put in a good shift with a lot of good passages of play. A couple of decent penalty shouts including a blatant push on Catts which was a foul anywhere else on the pitch.

Worst aspect were injuries to DW and Williams which looked a bit worrying and could mean Coleman managing initially without two influential players.



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:21 pm 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41951283

Sunderland became the first team in English football history to fail to win in 20 successive home games in all competitions, drawing against Millwall.

The Black Cats, who are set to appoint ex-Wales boss Chris Coleman as manager, led when Lewis Grabban poked home.

Millwall levelled as George Saville's free-kick was spilled by Black Cats keeper Robbin Ruiter, and he scored a free-kick shortly after.

Sunderland equalised when Adam Matthews' wayward cross found the net.

Coleman resigned as Wales manager on Friday and is expected to be announced as Black Cats manager in the next 24 hours.

The 47-year-old says he is flying to the north-east on Sunday and will be in the dugout for Tuesday's trip to Aston Villa.

The Wearsiders remain bottom of the Championship and have not won a game at the Stadium of Light since beating Watford in the Premier League in December 2016.

Robbie Stockdale took charge of what could be his last game as caretaker manager of Sunderland as Coleman's appointment draws closer.

Sunderland have been without a boss since Simon Grayson was sacked in October after only 18 games in charge.

Millwall, who have not won away from home in 10 attempts, are five points above the relegation zone.

Sunderland caretaker manager Robbie Stockdale:

"We should have won it, I don't think you'll see many matches where there are so many mistakes by the keepers.

"When a keeper makes a mistake as the last line of defence it usually goes in your goal.

"You overcome the unwanted run by working a little bit harder being a little bit better, I have to say the fact we've hit that number today, it's particularly galling because we didn't deserve it."

Millwall boss Neil Harris:


"It wasn't a day for goalkeepers. Jordan [Archer] will be the joint most disappointed person in the ground along with their keeper. We'll get round him and make sure he's all right because he's been good for us this year.

"He's the first to admit he's made a couple of errors but that's football I guess. It was a game with quite a lot of errors in it, but that made it entertaining.

"You come here with the thought process: poor home record and no manager - but Sunderland have got some fantastic players and that's been forgotten with their poor home record and league position."

Sunderland

25 Ruiter
21 Matthews
16 O'Shea
36 Wilson Substituted for Browning at 82'minutes
3 Oviedo Booked at 62mins
6 Cattermole Booked at 65mins
4 McNair
14 Watmore Substituted for McManaman at 42'minutes
7 Williams Substituted fo rHoneyman at 16'minutes Booked at 69mins
19 McGeady
11 Grabban

Substitutes

1 Steele
8 Rodwell
9 Vaughan
13 McManaman
18 Browning
24 Gibson
26 Honeyman

Millwall

1 Archer
2 McLaughlin
4 Hutchinson
35 Cooper
3 Meredith
22 O'Brien Substituted for Thompson at 90+5'minutes
18 Tunnicliffe
23 Saville
11 Ferguson
9 Gregory Substituted for Onyedinma at 73'minutes
19 Elliott Substituted for Morison at 71'minutes

Substitutes

5 Craig
8 Thompson
10 Onyedinma
12 Romeo
13 King
20 Morison
21 Twardek

Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
27,399


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http://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/injury-update-on-sunderland-trio-duncan-watmore-jonny-williams-and-marc-wilson-1-8865076

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Sunderland were dealt another injury blow with three players having to go off injured against Millwall.

Midfielder Jonny Williams was subbed after just 16 minutes with a shoulder injury while Sunderland lost Duncan Watmore three minutes before half-time.

The closing stages of the second half saw Marc Wilson depart with a calf problem, leaving Robbie Stockdale again restricted with his substitutions.

Stockdale, who was overseeing his second game in caretaker charge, said all three will be assessed but an X-ray on William's shoulder has come back all clear.

The injury to Watmore is the most concerning given he has only recently returned from 10-months out with a serious knee injury.

Stockdale said: "Duncan got a tackle in the first half and looked to have overcome the pain, I got the medics to go and have a chat with him, he was adamant he was fine and went back on the pitch.

"Typical Duncan went on a 20-30 yard run and the ball wouldn't go out of play. He will be assessed.

"Jonny Williams' X-ray came back clear, he will have further tests.

"Marc Wilson at the end picked up a calf injury, which mean the three subs were forced on us.

"It isn't ideal as you want to push later on, maybe another attacking player on the pitch might have helped us."

On Watmore, Stockdale added: "We left him out of the Boro game and had a little niggle and that turned out to be fine. Hopefully this will be the same."


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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-42037965

Sunderland players sport Bradley Lowery shirts


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A fundraising campaign in honour of Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery has been launched by the club.

The six-year-old, from Blackhall Colliery in County Durham, died from a rare type of cancer in July.

During the home game against Millwall, players will wear special edition "For Bradley" shirts, which will then be auctioned off, and replica shirts have also gone on sale.

Proceeds will fund a holiday home for sick children and their families.

Millwall FC is also backing the campaign, and will wear special warm-up shirts before the match.

The holiday home, known as Bradley's Place, will be run by the Bradley Lowery Foundation, and provide families from across the UK with an opportunity to spend time together.

Bradley's mother Gemma said: "One of our favourite memories is taking Bradley on holiday to Scarborough.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Sunderland AFC suggested that we could create similar memories for other families."

Sunderland AFC club captain John O'Shea said: "Bradley became firm friends with staff and players alike, leading the team out on a number of occasions.

"He made a huge impact on our club and the wider football community.

"Everyone at the club is honoured to be able to give our continued support to the Lowery family and the charity."


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