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Match Reports: Sunderlnd v Ipswich Town Sat 3/2/18 15:00
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Author:  Hakuna Matata [ Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:37 pm ]
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Team news:
Trio in contention, Kone doubtful

Chris Coleman expects all three of his Deadline Day signings to be in contention for Saturday.

Ovi Ejaria, Ashley Fletcher and Lee Camp joined Sunderland on Wednesday as the Black Cats concluded their transfer business until the summer.

The trio, who all signed on loan, provide Coleman with options ahead of the final set of Sky Bet Championship fixtures, and the 47-year-old has admitted they are all fit and raring to go.

Coleman did, however, cast doubt over Lamine Kone’s availability for this weekend’s home fixture against Ipswich Town, revealing he is struggling with a knock.

“At the very least (with the dealings we have done) we are going to improve the environment,” he said.

“The personnel we have brought in will add value to the squad.

“At the stage we are at in the season there are enough games and enough points to play for to make sure we are going to be ok.

“We have got to make sure we are ok.

“Kaz (LuaLua) was fighting fitness so we put him on for 25-30 minutes against Birmingham.

“That will do him the world of good. Fletch played last week for 50 odd minutes so he is ok physically.

“Ovie played 90 minutes at the weekend for the under-23s. Jake (Clarke-Salter) is already here of course and Lee Camp has had five 90 minutes with the under-23s.

“They are all ready to play a big part at the weekend,” he continued.

“We went with Lamine (on Tuesday) and it was a tough one for him.

“He had a real bad fall on his knee and we thought he might have to come off but he got through it.

“He will be a big doubt for the weekend.”

Author:  Hakuna Matata [ Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:39 pm ]
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Manager's Press Conference

Author:  Hakuna Matata [ Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:24 pm ]
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Sunderland's deadline day signings Lee Camp, Ovie Ejaria and Ashley Fletcher could all make their debuts.

Chris Coleman still has worries at centre-back, with John O'Shea hoping to recover from illness and Lamine Kone still doubtful after a knee problem.

Ipswich midfielder Cole Skuse should feature after overcoming a foot injury, but Dean Gerken (hip) remains absent.

Striker David McGoldrick and Tristan Nydam are doubtful with knocks, and Tom Adeyemi is likely to miss out.

SAM's prediction
Home win 46% Draw 27% Away win 27%

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

Match facts

  • Sunderland have won their last seven home matches against Ipswich in all competitions, though this is the first meeting at the Stadium of Light since January 2007.
  • The Tractor Boys haven't won away at Sunderland since August 1989, a 4-2 victory at Roker Park.
  • Chris Coleman was victorious over Mick McCarthy the last time they faced, with Coleman's Coventry winning 2-1 in a Championship game against Wolves in February 2009.
  • McCarthy has never won away from home at Sunderland in the second tier (P5 W0 D1 L4), with one of those defeats a 6-0 defeat in December 1995 as Millwall manager.
  • Sunderland have won seven points in their last four league games at the Stadium of Light, more than their last 17 home games combined.
  • Ipswich have won just one of their last eight away Championship outings (D2 L5), failing to win any of their last four (D1 L3).

Author:  Hakuna Matata [ Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:56 pm ]
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Manager's preview:
Coleman on Ipswich Town

Chris Coleman has urged his players to ‘show some personality’ when Sunderland take on Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light on Saturday (KO 3pm).

The Black Cats bolstered their ranks late in the transfer window as Ovie Ejaria, Ashley Fletcher and Lee Camp arrived late on, and ahead of the game the Welshman revealed all three players in are in contention.

Fletcher offers a fresh dimension up front while Ejaria arrives with a big reputation having impressed for Liverpool’s under-23s, and Camp provides competition and a wealth of experience between the posts.

And Coleman will be hoping new faces can inject fresh swagger into Sunderland’s play, and lift the players around them.

“We have to forget Birmingham and focus on Ipswich,” said the boss.

“Focus on our strengths and the game plan, and show some personality within our performance as well because you can have a great game plan, but if you don’t show personality in your performance you can forget it.”

He continued: “It’s literally game by game, going for those points that are so precious.

“We fell down again on Tuesday night and came up short, but I can’t dwell on that with the players and I have to prepare them for the next one.

“We’re up against a manager in Mick McCarthy who has got so much experience at this level, and they’re a much-improved Ipswich team from last season.

“I mean, every game we go into there are different threats – one’s got this, the next one has that – but, again, we need to keep focussing on ourselves, it’s as simple as that.

“We need to motivate ourselves, not wait for someone to come and push us guide us, and go and take responsibility and get the job done.

“We know we can do it, we’ve got to get across the line.”

Author:  Hakuna Matata [ Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:59 pm ]
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Match preview:
Sunderland v Ipswich Town

Sunderland return to the Stadium of Light this weekend as Chris Coleman’s side entertain Ipswich Town.

Read everything you need to know ahead of the game in our preview below…


Saturday’s game marks a chance for redemption following Tuesday’s disappointing outing at Birmingham City. Sunderland faltered from the first whistle and, deservedly, returned to Wearside empty-handed. David Davis opened the scoring and the Blues doubled their lead before the break as Jeremie Boga headed home, and any hopes of a second-half comeback were dashed when Sam Gallagher finished from close range as the Black Cats dropped to 23rd. Post-match, the Welshman said his side’s performance was simply ‘unacceptable’ – and he expects a reaction against Ipswich.


There was little time to dwell on Tuesday’s frustration for Coleman and the club, however, as attentions switched firmly onto the final day of the January transfer window. A whirlwind day of speculation, rumours and negotiations ended at 11pm as moves for Ovie Ejaria, Ashley Fletcher and Lee Camp were signed, sealed and delivered. And the trio are in contention to feature against the Tractor Boys. Kazenga LuaLua will also be hoping to get more minutes under his belt following a bright cameo at St Andrew’s, but Lamine Kone is a doubt to face Mick McCarthy’s side.


Ipswich have enjoyed a typically steady season under McCarthy and they remain an outside bet to land a place in the top six. The Tractor Boys are currently 12th in the table and sit eight points adrift of the play-off places with 17 games remaining. Former Black Cat Martyn Wahgorn is the club’s top scorer and top creator having netted 10 and assisted seven, but Joe Garner (nine), Bersant Celina (eight) and David McGoldrick (eight) have also been amongst the goals. McGoldrick is a doubt, though, and hasn’t trained all week. Meanwhile, Cole Skuse is available for selection and Cameron Carter-Vickers has returned to raining.


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But if you’re unable to attend the game we have 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 2pm, with minute-by-minute analysis available right here and across social media from Twitter to Instagram.

Author:  Les Miserable [ Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:56 pm ]
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Author:  Sheep farmer [ Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:36 pm ]
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Les Miserable wrote:

Nope, got me there! Giz a clue!

Author:  Hakuna Matata [ Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:26 pm ]
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I am beginning to think that I may be mentally ill.

Even after Birmingham, I am still looking at this game as a narrow win for us.

No wonder I buy lottery tickets.

Author:  Hakuna Matata [ Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:03 pm ]
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Despite a bright start, two hammer blows put paid to Sunderland as Ipswich claimed all three points at the Stadium of Light.

The hosts dominated large parts of the first half-hour, but the Tractor Boys didn't look back once Joe Garner had given them the lead with a low finish 10 minutes before the break.

An own goal from Adam Matthews on the stroke of half-time ultimately put paid to the hosts, who couldn't respond in the second period.


After a busy deadline day, manager Chris Coleman opted to hand immediate debuts to all three of his latest acquisitions in a 5-3-2 formation.

Lee Camp replaced Robbin Ruiter in goal, Ovie Ejaria came into the side in preference to George Honeyman, and Ashley Fletcher partnered Joel Asoro up front ahead of Josh Maja.

Meanwhile skipper John O'Shea and Adam Matthews came back into the side to replace injured defensive pair Jake Clarke-Salter and Lamine Kone.


Having weathered an early Ipswich storm, Sunderland found their footing and carved out two presentable chances inside the first 10 minutes.

One debutant – Ejaria – had a fierce shot blocked following a swift break, while Fletcher took a neat Lee Cattermole pass into feet and teed up Asoro, whose angled drive flashed just past the far post.

With Sunderland piling forward, Billy Jones was inches away from connecting at the back post following a superb set-piece delivery by Bryan Oviedo.

But, having created little in the early running, Ipswich almost opened the scoring on the 20-minute mark – former Black Cat Martyn Waghorn seeing his curling free-kick come back off the crossbar.


The hosts were in the ascendancy, with Ejaria pulling the strings in a free role behind the strikers. They couldn't find a way through, though, with O'Shea planting a header wide from a corner while Fletcher tested Bartosz Bialkowski in the Ipswich goal with a fierce shot on the turn.

But yet again Sunderland were struck with a sucker punch out of nothing. Garner held off Billy Jones on the edge of the area before turning and curling a low effort into the far corner.

And things got worse just seconds before the break. A cross from the right from Grant Ward was missed by Freddie Sears, but hit Matthews and rolled over the line. Two-nil at half time and a long way back for the hosts.


With his side toiling, Coleman brought Kazenga LuaLua and George Honeyman off the bench in place of Asoro and Robson.

The Sunderland boss was frustrated just after the hour as a cross from the right seemed to strike the hand of an Ipswich defender, but referee Mr England waved away voiciferous appeals from fans and players alike.

An injury to Matthews led to his replacement with Aiden McGeady as the Black Cats went all in.

LuaLua tested Bialkowski with a powerful effort, but Waghorn spurned a great chance at the other end when he knocked the ball wide of the post when one-on-one with Camp.


Chances were few and far between in the closing stages, with Ipswich looking comfortable and happy to sit on their two-goal advantage.

A Honeyman blast from the edge of the box was as close as the Black Cats came as they were left to reflect on a disappointing afternoon.

Attendance: 27,909

Sunderland: Camp, Matthews (McGeady, 70), O'Shea (c), Browning, Jones, Oviedo, Cattermole, Ejaria, E Robson (Honeyman, 57), Fletcher, Asoro (LuaLua, 57).

Subs Not Used: Maja, Gooch, Love, Ruiter.

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Knudsen, Chambers (c), Skuse (Hyam, 84), Waghorn, Spence, Garner, Connolly, Ward (Gleeson, 73), Sears, Carter-Vickers.

Subs Not Used: Iorfa, Webster, Celina, Carayol, Crowe.

Author:  Hakuna Matata [ Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:04 pm ]
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The Monkees

Disappointment haunted all my dreams

Author:  Hakuna Matata [ Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:36 am ]
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Joe Garner's clever finish and an Adam Matthews own goal condemned Sunderland to a fourth Championship defeat in five games at home to Ipswich.

The hosts started well, with Joel Asoro dragging a chance wide, while Martyn Waghorn struck the bar for Ipswich.

Striker Garner opened the scoring when he held off Billy Jones, turned in the box and found the bottom corner.

Ipswich doubled their lead when Grant Ward's cross went in off Matthews' leg, and Sunderland offered little in reply.

Chris Coleman's Black Cats remain second from bottom and two points from safety, while the Tractor Boys stay 12th - above rivals Norwich on goal difference.

The home side gave starts to new signings Lee Camp, Ovie Ejaria and Ashley Fletcher, but had the stuffing knocked out of them after falling behind.

They might have been handed a lifeline when George Honeyman's cross hit Jonas Knudsen's arm in the box, but referee Darren England waved away penalty appeals.

Waghorn, denied by the woodwork from a free-kick in the first half, should have made it 3-0 when he was through on goal and poked wide, but Ipswich did enough to record their first-ever win at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman:

"It was the second game running where we conceded a minute before half-time, but it is what it is and we are where we are.

"When we go a goal behind, we just don't come back. That's a worry because we're not always going to go 1-0 up. There's only us can change that.

"With 25 minutes to go, it's got to be a penalty. Its handball. If he was two or three yards away, you might say he couldn't get his hands out of the way. But that wasn't the case."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk:

"I had to change it tactically on the hoof really - their number 53 (Ovie Ejaria) was having a field day and I had to put Cole Skuse on him.

"(Grant) Ward and Freddie (Sears) were different class - they've both come in and hadn't been playing a lot of football but they've done it right. They've trained properly and they're ready to go.

"They caused us a lot of problems for the first 20 or 30 minutes but I thought after that we were - not in charge of the ball - but in charge of the game."



12 Camp
2 Jones
16 O'Shea
18 Browning
21 Matthews Substituted for McGeady at 70'minutes
53 Ejaria
6 Cattermole
28 Robson Substituted for Honeyman at 58'minutes
3 Oviedo
29 Asoro Booked at 19 mins Substituted for Lua Lua at 58'minutes
9 Fletcher


11 Lua Lua
19 McGeady
20 Maja
22 Love
25 Ruiter
26 Honeyman
27 Gooch


33 Bialkowski
12 Spence
27 Carter-Vickers
4 Chambers
3 Knudsen
8 Skuse Substituted for Hyam at 85'minutes
16 Connolly
18 Ward Substituted for Gleeson at 74'minutes
9 Waghorn
20 Sears
14 Garner Booked at 54 mins Substituted for Webster at 90+2'minutes


2 Iorfa
6 Webster
11 Celina
19 Hyam
24 Crowe
25 Gleeson
32 Carayol

Darren England

Author:  Hakuna Matata [ Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:41 am ]
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Chris Colemn's Post Match Press Conference here.

Author:  Hakuna Matata [ Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:13 pm ]
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Videos here


The full fat

Author:  Sheep farmer [ Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:41 pm ]
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Complete lack of pressure on Garner before he scored and failure to turn with him. Cross for 2nd should have been cut out. Usual defensive weakness!

More attacking intent and some good movement up front were small signs for optimism if we actually want to be optimistic - ITHICS :sick:

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