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 Post subject: Match Reports:Cardiff v Sunderland Sat 13/01/18 12.30pm
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Officials - Cardiff v Sunderland (13/1/18)

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

Cardiff City host Sunderland on Saturday January 13 for the game at the Cardiff City Stadium and the match carries a 12.30pm kick off.

Referee: Andrew Madley
Assistant Refs: Mark Russell and Steven Meredith
Fourth Official: Oliver Langford

Match Day referee Madley has officiated 28 games in 2017/18, showing 81 yellow cards so far.

He took in 43 games in 2016/17, showing 146 yellows cards and eight red cards.

His highest card count that year was seven yellow cards and one red card in the game between Norwich and Fulham.

He took in 40 matches in 2015-16 and in those games, across all competitions and football divisions, he handed out a total of 118 yellow cards and three red cards.

He was most card happy in the match between Brentford and Reading on August 29 with a total of eight yellows being shown. He also showed eight yellows in the game between Rochdale and Oldham on October 24.

After an injury playing at Huddersfield Town academy, Andy took up the whistle in 2002 at the age of 18. His early career saw him appointed as the assistant referee for the League One Play-Off final between Millwall and Swindon Town in 2010. He also ran the line on the Premier League before becoming an EFL referee in 2011. He has refereed at Wembley, including taking charge of the 2015 League One Play-Off final between Preston North End and Swindon.

Source - EFL.

Let`s hope it`s not another repeat and more of the players edge closer to automatic bans.


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Cardiff winger Yanic Wildschut will be available, while midfielder Craig Bryson and winger Kadeem Harris are training again but unlikely to feature.

The hosts are still without long-term injury absentees Lee Peltier, Matthew Connolly and Aron Gunnarsson.

Sunderland could start loan signing Jake Clarke-Salter in defence after his move from Chelsea.

Aiden McGeady and Didier Ndong are expected to miss out, while Darron Gibson is definitely unavailable.

The match will be Black Cats boss Chris Coleman's first in Wales since leaving his job as national-team manager.

SAM's prediction
Home win 55% Draw 25% Away win 20%


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

Match facts


  • Cardiff have not done a Football League double over Sunderland since the 1970/71 season - the Bluebirds won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light earlier this campaign.
  • Sunderland have won two of their last three away league trips to Cardiff (D1), with this their first Championship visit there since March 2007, a 1-0 win via a Ross Wallace goal.
  • Neil Warnock has lost four of his five home league matches as manager against Sunderland - he won the other in September 2004 as Sheffield United boss.
  • Welshman Chris Coleman has managed eight Football League matches against Welsh sides and won none (D3 L5), with this his first since a 2-1 defeat to Cardiff in March 2010 as Coventry manager.
  • Cardiff have lost their last four league matches, which is Warnock's worst run as a manager since January 2009 when he was Crystal Palace boss (also a run of four) - he hasn't lost five consecutively since August 1995 (one with Huddersfield, four with Plymouth).
  • The Black Cats have kept clean sheets in three of their last four away league games - as many as in their previous 40 combined; they haven't won back to back away league games without conceding since March 2007, with the second of those wins coming against Cardiff.


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2018/january/match-preview-cardiff-city-v-sunderland

Sunderland will continue their Sky Bet Championship campaign on Saturday when they make the long journey to Cardiff City, KO 12.30pm.

Here’s your all you need to know guide ahead of the match…

CLARKE-SALTER JOINS


The Black Cats head to the Cardiff City stadium with a new addition to their ranks. Jake Clarke-Salter became Chris Coleman’s first addition of the January transfer window on Monday, signing on loan until the end of the season. While the defender saw his spell at Bristol Rovers cut short due to injury, 2017 proved to be a memorable year for the youngster after he lifted the U20s World Cup with England. However, Clarke-Salter is attempting to go one better this year as he looks to enjoy further success at club level, and he is expected to go straight into the Black Cats’ starting XI on Saturday.

INJURIES CONTINUE

Two players set to miss the trip to south wales are Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady. The former has undergone surgery on a groin injury, and the Black Cats boss confirmed the news at his pre-Cardiff City press conference on Friday morning, revealing the midfielder went under the knife after tests revealed the muscle had torn away from the bone. Gibson is expected to out between eight to 12 weeks, and it comes as a bitter blow after the Republic of Ireland midfielder became a key member of the starting XI following Coleman’s arrival. Meanwhile, McGeady is also expected to miss Saturday’s game in south wales through injury.

Cardiff’s latest signing Yanic Wildschut will be available for selection this weekend while midfielder Craig Bryson and winger Kadeem Harris are unlikely to feature. Lee Peltier, Matthew Connolly and Aron Gunnarsson are out.

THE FORM GUIDE

Neither Sunderland or Cardiff are going into this weekend’s match on the back of much form. For Neil Warnock’s side, the challenge is to continue their promotion push which has dwindled of late having lost their last four league matches. However, victory over Sunderland – a result which would see the Bluebirds do the double over the Black Cats for the first time since the 1970/71 season – could see Warnock’s team move up into the automatic play-off places again. Sunderland, meanwhile head to south wales with two wins, two defeats and two defeats in their previous six Sky Bet Championship matches. While the Black Cats have secured eight points in that time, it has coincided with teams around them finding form and as a result the lads remain at the foot of the table, two points adrift of safety.

TIME TO CLIMB


Despite suffering three defeats in four matches – in all competitions – Coleman’s side can head to south wales with plenty of heart. Needing to make up a “deficit”, as the boss called it, of two points – one win can change everything once again at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship. And the Black Cats can be buoyed by the history books, as they have won two of their last three away matches at Cardiff – drawing the other. Coleman’s troops have also managed to keep clean sheets in three of their last four away league games, but haven’t won back-to-back away league matches without conceding since March 2007, when they defeated Cardiff City 1-0 courtesy of a Ross Wallace goal.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

While the match is a 12.30 kick-off, that hasn’t stopped our fans making the 700-mile round trip to Cardiff. More than 1,000 Sunderland fans are expected to descend on the Cardiff City Stadium, but if you aren’t able to attend we will be providing comprehensive coverage of all the action as it happens across our digital channels.

Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett will be in the commentary booth from 11.30pm, with minute-by-minute analysis available right here and across social media from Twitter to Instagram.


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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2018/january/coleman-on-cardiff-return

Manager's preview:

Chris Coleman will return to a familiar setting on Saturday, as Sunderland travel to Cardiff City to face Neil Warnock’s high-flying Bluebirds.

The Sunderland manager guided Wales to their first international tournament in 58 years during an unforgettable tenure, but before the rain-soaked elation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the titanic win over Belgium at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Coleman built the foundations for success at the Cardiff City Stadium.

18 months on from Euro 2016, the Welshman is once again building from the bottom as he aims to steer Sunderland out of the bottom three and back to winning ways following successive defeats.

And speaking to safc.com, he urged his players to produce a performance and conquer the Welsh capital.

“I know the stadium like the back of my hand and I spent a lot of time there.

“It will be nice to go back but we’re up against a good team and Cardiff aren’t stupid, so they won’t be looking at us as an easy 90 minutes, especially if we’re as good as we can be.

“That’s what we have to try and produce and if we can do that we can come back with a good result, that’s for sure.

“I don’t know [what kind of reception I’ll get], I’m a Swansea boy going back to Cardiff,” continued the Welshman with a smile.

“All my memories in the stadium are obviously very, very positive, so I’ve got to make sure that doesn’t change when I’m leaving and getting on the bus to come back up here.

“I want to make sure there’s another positive memory for us in terms of the performance and the result.

“We slipped up against Barnsley which was really disappointing, but we can’t dwell on that because the points are so important for us and it really is just a case of marching onto the next challenge.”


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https://www.safc.com/news/opinion/2018/january/media-mash-up-v-cardiff-city

Media mash-up continues as James Hunter, Richard Mennear and Paul Fraser pen their pre-match thoughts ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Cardiff City.

The trio share their thoughts on the Sky Bet Championship Cup, pinpoint the areas in which the game will be won and lost – and much more…

James Hunter (@JHunterChron) – The Chronicle

If ever there was a right time to face Cardiff, this would appear to be it. The Bluebirds have lost four league games in a row, and won only one of their last six, which has seen them slip out of the automatic promotion slots to third place. But just because Cardiff are out of form does not mean that Sunderland will have an easy time of it in South Wales. Quite the opposite. Chris Coleman is still struggling with a lengthy injury list, and the loss of top scorer Lewis Grabban – who has returned to Bournemouth and is yet to be replaced – has left the Black Cats horrendously short of firepower. Centre-back Jake Clarke-Salter, who has joined on loan from Chelsea, could be involved this weekend and Sunderland will need a strong defensive showing if they are to get anything at Cardiff.

Richard Mennear (@RichMennearJP) – Sunderland Echo


Chris Coleman returns to the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday lunchtime - with the Black Cats boss looking to kick-start Sunderland's survival bid. Sunderland fell to bottom of the Championship following the Barnsley defeat, with Cardiff the next challenge facing Sunderland. Neil Warnock's side have lost their last four games but you couldn't say this was a good time to play them given Sunderland's erratic nature. With more than half a season played, Sunderland need to start stringing together a winning run. Coleman has already tasted victory three times since taking charge and there has been a clear improvement but new faces are needed if the club is to successfully battle against another relegation. Bringing in two strikers is key, especially with Lewis Grabban gone and James Vaughan set to leave for Wigan. The trip to promotion-chasing Cardiff will be a tough one for Sunderland given the limited options available to Coleman. He'll be hoping for all three but a draw wouldn't be a bad result in front of the Sky cameras.

Paul Fraser (@paulfraserecho) – The Northern Echo

Things are starting to move on the transfer front on Wearside, but Chris Coleman is still short of options as he takes Sunderland to Cardiff. You can expect an inexperienced squad but sometimes that can actually work in a team's favour. Sunderland have some young, talented players and how they need them to step up to the plate. Coleman would love to spring a surprise at promotion contenders Cardiff on Saturday, just like the Black Cats did at Wolves in December. He will have defender Jake Clarke-Salter to play at the back and he has spoken highly of him this morning - suggesting he has the right mentality to make a success of his five months away from Chelsea. Sunderland certainly need him to. He is likely to be followed by a number of other players this month, probably on loan, and there is desperation for strikers as James Vaughan prepares to join Wigan. Can Sunderland get a result at Cardiff? It will be hard but there have been positive enough signs in certain performances to suggest they can.

The views expressed within this article are the views of the individual contributors and not necessarily those of Sunderland AFC. (or BCC)


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Well. Didn't that go well.

Why do we bother?


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Cardiff City 4-0 Sunderland

Ten-man Sunderland fell to a disappointing defeat in south Wales as Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City moved back into the top two.

A nine-minute spell at the start of the second period did the damage, as Chris Coleman’s side slammed the self-destruct button and went a goal down within 60 seconds on the restart.

Three minutes later, Didier Ndong received a straight red card for a challenge on Junior Hoilett, and defeat was confirmed soon after as Joe Ralls slammed home a second.

Callum Paterson added his second and Cardiff’s third with 80 minutes played before Anthony Pilkington added a fourth in added time.

SCENE SETTER

Despite returning to the scene of some of his greatest triumphs, Coleman couldn’t afford to be misty-eyed as sentiment was buried and he focussed on securing a positive result. However, the Welshman was given a warm reception, despite his Swansea roots, before the tongue-in-cheek sledging started and the players took to the field. Ndong and Lynden Gooch were amongst the starting XI as the Black Cats made four changes, with debutant Jake Clarke-Salter also lining up against the Bluebirds following his loan move from Chelsea. Back from injury, Lee Cattermole started on the bench.

AERIAL ASSAULT

Warnock’s side mustered the first attempt but it failed to trouble the returning Robbin Ruiter, as the Dutchman collected Paterson’s tame header. 60 seconds later, Sunderland won a free-kick in a similar position, but John O’Shea was unable to divert his header towards goal and Cardiff’s attempts to counter were ended by Bryan Oviedo. Clarke-Salter provided the red and white army with a glimpse of his game soon after, as a no-nonsense clearance defied Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, but Cardiff kept on coming as the Coleman’s men were forced to dig deep and weather an aerial assault early on.

FEEDING OFF SCRAPS


Josh Maja was isolated for much of the opening exchanges – and indeed the game – but he showed why Coleman’s faith is well-placed on 11 minutes, as he held off the advances of Sol Bamba before spraying the ball into Oviedo’s path. The Costa Rican’s cross wasn’t great but Maja once again seized possession and slinked from side to side before finding George Honeyman who fired wide. The counter attack somewhat shifted the pendulum and Sunderland grew in confidence as Gooch drove to the byline, but he was unable to pick out a team-mate and a powerful run from Mendez-Laing relieved the pressure. It proved to be a false dawn.

ASKING QUESTIONS

After failing to provide a notable finish moments earlier, Ralls made no mistake at the second time of asking as his sumptuous turn and volley forced Ruiter into a superb one-handed save. The Cardiff midfielder then sent a 25-yard free-kick whistling inches wide but he was asked to step aside for the next one, as Hoilett’s effort from a similar position flicked off the outside of the post. The Bluebirds were getting closer as Kenneth Zohore’s back-post header deflected over the top, but the Black Cats held firm to ensure it was level at the break as Mendez-Laing’s effort was scooped clear in the six-yard box.

NO MAN’S LAND

Coleman shuffled his pack at the interval as Cattermole replaced Marc Wilson in the centre of midfield, but within four minutes of the restart they’d completely imploded. Paterson opened the scoring within 60 seconds of the restart, Ruiter coming off his line and getting nowhere near the ball to allow the midfielder to nod home. It went from bad to worse three minutes later as Ndong received a straight red card for a challenge on Hoilett. And with 54 minutes played it was game over in south Wales, as Ralls rounded off a lightening counter attack with aplomb to cap a miserable nine minutes for the Black Cats.

MISERY COMPOUNDED

Cardiff’s first change saw new signing Yanic Wildschut replace the lively Mendez-Laing, and he picked up the mantle with style by surging into the final third and finding Zohore who was denied by Ruiter. With 23 minutes remaining, the Black Cats were almost handed a route back into the game as Bruno Manga’s sliced clearance bounced off his own crossbar, but it was a rare moment of panic for the otherwise comfortable Neil Etheridge. And on 80 minutes the red and white army were heading for the exits – and you’d couldn’t blame them – as Paterson steered his second and Cardiff’s third after a free-kick deflected into his path. Pilkington’s simple finish compounded Sunderland’s misery in added time. A day to forget, and fast with a massive game against Hull City next on the agenda.

Attendance: 17,703

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Bennett, Morrison, Manga, Richards, Ralls, Zohore (Pilkington 81), Bamba, Paterson, Mendez-Laing (Wildschut 61), Hoilett (Feeney 81).
Substitues: Murphy, Tomlin, Damour, Halford.

Sunderland: Ruiter, Jones, Browning, Clarke-Salter, O’Shea, Oviedo, Wilson (Cattermole 46), Ndong, Honeyman, Gooch (Asoro 60), Maja (McManaman 78).
Substitutes: Steele, Robson, Love, Matthews.


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My summary, for what little it is worth.

The ref did us no favours. Harsh red card.

We need a goal keeper. We desperately need a goal keeper. Ruiter made a great save in the first half and then fell to bits in the second. Their first goal was almost 100% his fault. He inspires NO confidence.I am becoming more of the opinion, that a lot of our defensive frailties stem from the defenders' lack of confidence in him or Steele.

Overall, we looked like boys against men. Some of this was physical and some of it mental.

I wouldn't have Chris Coleman's job for all the tea in China.

We have had it.


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TBF I thought the ref was going to disallow the first for a foul on RR. I did think he could have been stronger about getting there though.


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Agree with HM about the physical issue - we appear to be a small team who constantly get knocked off the ball. It's either size or fight (probably both). It's one of our many failings.

Felt sorry for the new lad. I saw him do a couple of "pass and move for the return". His team-mates just weren't up to something that basic.

I pity Coleman. He deserves better than this.

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Cardiff City ended a four-match Championship losing run as they thrashed bottom side Sunderland
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A dire first half ended goalless but the first 10 minutes of the second half transformed the encounter.

Callum Paterson headed Cardiff in front before Sunderland's Didier Ndong was sent off for fouling Junior Hoilett.

Joe Ralls added the second goal, Paterson struck again and Anthony Pilkington got the fourth.

That gave Cardiff their biggest winning margin since a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa in August and briefly lifted Neil Warnock's men back up to second in the table.

By contrast, defeat marred what was something of a homecoming for Sunderland manager Chris Coleman, his first game back at Cardiff City Stadium since leaving his post as Wales boss in November.

And although the 47-year-old had overseen some of Welsh football's finest moments at this ground - such as their 2015 win against Belgium and the celebration of qualifying for Euro 2016 - his Swansea roots meant the Cardiff fans greeted him with playful mockery rather than reverence.

Sunderland were faced with an early barrage of free-kicks and long throws launched into their penalty area, but showed some threat when they counter-attacked at pace.

There were few chances in an even first half, the best of which fell to Cardiff as Ralls had an effort from the edge of the box brilliantly saved by Robbin Ruiter, before Hoilett curled a free-kick narrowly wide.

If Sunderland felt relatively comfortable at the break, they soon unravelled.

Their resistance was broken when Ralls' corner found an unmarked Paterson, who headed in via the underside of the crossbar to bring relief to the home side.

Red for Ndong

Matters got worse for Sunderland when midfielder Ndong was shown a straight red card for a tackle that appeared to catch Hoilett high on his shin.

The result was settled five minutes later as Kenneth Zohore shrugged off Jake Clarke-Salter, raced clear on the left wing and squared the ball to Ralls, who swept in a stylish first-time finish.

Zohore also had a hand in the third goal, as his shot was saved by Ruiter only for the ball to fall into the path of Paterson, who finished smartly with his weaker left foot.

Sunderland's misery was compounded in injury time as Cardiff's Yanic Wildschut - making his debut for the Bluebirds - set up fellow substitute Pilkington for a simple tap-in.

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock said: "We're bound to be a bit low on confidence. You could see we were apprehensive in front of goal. We just had to work hard to get that goal and fortunately we got that early in the second half.

"You could see that relief. Then we were free to play. We stepped up a gear then, it was great. They looked sharp again.

"It's been like that all week. They've looked sharp… It was good. We played some good stuff, some good goals. The energy was back."

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman said: "It was painful. I can't accept conceding 45 seconds into the second half. We can't make those sorts of mistakes where we are.

"With the sending-off, sometimes I've seen them given, sometimes not. But that wasn't why we lost.

"To give them a goal like that, you can't do that, well you can, but we're going to stay where we are. It's bitterly disappointing.

"Soft mentality, simple as that. No toughness. Toughness is not just physical, it's not just about nailing someone.

"Toughness is mental, staying strong, making consistent decisions. It's no coincidence where we are."

Cardiff

25Etheridge
5Ecuele Manga
4MorrisonBooked at 85mins
14Bamba
6Richards
19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forWildschutat 59'minutes
18Paterson
8Ralls
3Bennett
33HoilettSubstituted forFeeneyat 81'minutes
10ZohoreSubstituted forPilkingtonat 82'minutes

Substitutes

7Tomlin
12Feeney
13Pilkington
15Halford
20Damour
28Murphy
35Wildschut

Sunderland

25Ruiter
2Jones
18Browning
16O'Shea
35Clarke-Salter
3OviedoBooked at 41mins
27GoochBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAsoroat 60'minutes
17NdongBooked at 49mins
36WilsonSubstituted forCattermoleat 45'minutes
26Honeyman
20MajaSubstituted forMcManamanat 78'minutes

Substitutes

1Steele
6Cattermole
13McManaman
21Matthews
22Love
28Robson
29Asoro

Referee:
Andy Madley

Attendance:
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I had to hide all my suicide pills after reading that Les.

Stark, Depressing and True.


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https://rokerreport.sbnation.com/2018/1/14/16889890/quick-kicks-change-is-needed-at-sunderland-it-just-isnt-good-enough-and-it-f-cking-stinks

Quick Kicks: Change is needed at Sunderland; It just isn’t good enough and it f*cking stinks
What on Earth happens now?! Here’s your post-Cardiff Quick Kicks.

Real Kick In The Guts

I don’t know what it was about yesterday’s result, or why it seems to have had such a profound effect on me, but it has left me properly fed up about everything and has seriously dampened my optimism with regards to potential survival.

I’ve remained upbeat throughout the time that Chris Coleman has been here, but I think it has finally dawned upon me just how serious and precarious our current situation actually is.

A combination of experienced players making the same mistakes every week, loanees that don’t particularly care what happens as they’ll be away from here soon anyways, and youngsters who lack leadership from their teammates is what has us sat bottom of the table. We’re facing the very real prospect of a second successive relegation, at a time when the club finds itself in financial peril with an absent owner who appears to have abdicated all responsibility for his position. Dark times indeed.

Yesterday we flaked away in the same fashion as we have done in many games this season - right after half time, when you’d expect any reasonable bunch of professionals to be re-focused and refreshed, we capitulated.

The defending for the first goal was shoddy and we are far too weak on set pieces. The red card to Didier Ndong was harsh, and I agree with Coleman’s comment that it wasn’t the dismissal that lost us the game - it was our lacklustre, half-hearted attitude towards defending.

It’s inexcusable. If we were seeing signs of battle we could genuinely remain hopeful, but we aren’t. This squad is clearly very fractured, and there’s something deep-rooted that unfortunately might rot just enough to see us off once again come the end of the season.

I live in hope. These players are capable of so much more and some of them obviously don’t realise the level of hurt they’re inflicting upon the fan-base - many of whom, by the way, went to unbelievable lengths to support the team at Cardiff only to be sh*t upon once more.

It just isn’t good enough and it f*cking stinks.

Another Game Without A Goal

We’ve scored just one goal in our last five games - it’s safe to say that we will not stay up if our midfielders don’t start contributing.

Since James Vaughan and Lewis Grabban have now left for pastures new, we have two massive holes to fill in the squad and whether that’s even possible when you have no money to spend is anyone’s guess.

We can’t realistically expect Josh Maja to replace either of them - I’m hopeful of his future, but it’s clear he’s perhaps not quite ready to be thrust in to a situation as dire as this. Defenders like Sol Bamba are ten-a-penny at this level and, unfortunately, physicality is just something you’ve got to be able to bring to the table if you’re going to swim and not sink, particularly if you’re expected to play in a loan role up top.

Attacking reinforcements are desperately needed. We cannot expect to stay in this division and win games without at least a couple of good strikers. We need Aiden McGeady back fit and firing again. We need Callum McManaman to finally start showing the form that earned him such a fantastic reputation at Wigan a few years back.

Without them performing on a regular basis we cannot realistically expect to stave off relegation.

Change Of System Needed?

The fact we’re not scoring goals and have stopped keeping clean sheets perhaps means that we might have to change our system around again. Five-at-the-back obviously isn’t working with the players that we’ve got, and we need to find a way of becoming more of a threat from an attacking perspective.

It tough, though. You look at the options that Coleman has at his disposal and you can’t help but wonder what he’s supposed to actually do.

Regardless, we have to win against Hull. Playing five at the back with one up front just isn’t going to get us a result, particularly at home. We need to be more expressive, if that is at all possible.

It’s a huge week ahead. If we can get a couple of new players in it might breath life back in to the squad, but without reinforcements it’s difficult to see how things can realistically change.


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports:Cardiff v Sunderland Sat 13/01/18 12.30pm
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https://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/a-manager-from-waitrose-players-from-aldi-the-scathing-verdict-from-former-sunderland-star-1-8956835

Michael Gray says Sunderland can no longer be considered a big club and are staring down the barrel of consecutive relegations.

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"I think we've got a manager from Waitrose and players who you would buy at Aldi. That's the problem that we've got, you're bringing in loanees that just aren't good enough and the experienced players are making the same mistakes every week. If it doesn't change we're looking at League One. We are not a big club anymore."


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports:Cardiff v Sunderland Sat 13/01/18 12.30pm
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Was travelling and only watched the first half on my phone. Thought we were doing ok. Not brilliant but managing to defend and had a couple of attacks of our own.

Was shocked when my son texted me the result. Not sure what went so bad in the second half but it's worrying that we just fell apart.


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports:Cardiff v Sunderland Sat 13/01/18 12.30pm
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What an absolute disgrace, this has to be the worst Sunderland side ever, Coleman mustnt watch any videoes and they cant be doing any training when you see the amount of times they gave the ball away, congrats O'Shea on booting the ball into the crowd again, we deserve to go down, who can bare to watch this tosh? the first thing Brian Clough did was get a goalkeeper and build round him, dunno where we got this joke goalkeeper from, theres some dead wood at the bottom of the table makes us look as though we arent doing badly, they cant even string too passes together, special praise to Ellis Short for ruining this football club :silent: the players should get paid on performance which means they owe us bigtime


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