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 Post subject: Match Reports: Bristol City v Sunderland Sat 10/01/18 15:00
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The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Bristol City and Sunderland this Saturday.

Bristol City host Sunderland on Saturday February 10 for the game at Ashton Gate and the match carries a 3pm kick off.

Referee: James Linington
Assistant Refs: Steven Meredith and Michael George
Fourth Official: Adam Bromley

Match Day referee Linington has officiated 29 games in 2017/18, showing 96 yellow cards and five red cards.

He took in 35 games in 2016/17 with a return of 146 yellow cards and four red cards.

That year he showed eight yellow cards on three occasions.

He took in 26 matches in 2015-16 and in those games, across all competitions and football divisions, he handed out a total of 74 yellow cards and four red cards.

He was most card happy in the match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesbrough on October 24 with seven yellow cards shown.

Linington is required to make the short trip over from his home on the Isle of Wight when appointed to EFL fixtures. He is a very experienced official having refereed in the EFL for 10 seasons. In 2010, he was named fourth official for the FA Trophy Final at Wembley, and returned to the same stadium two weeks later to referee the League Two Play-Off Final between Dagenham and Redbridge and Rotherham United.

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Bristol City Who are You?: ‘I’d take Billy Jones – and your stadium?’

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http://salutsunderland.com/2018/02/bristol-city-who-are-you-can-we-have-billy-jones-and-your-stadium/

From our friends at Salut :-

Bristol City Who are You?: ‘I’d take Billy Jones – and your stadium?’

A Britolian view of the game


If they pay good money for the stadium we'll throw in Jones for free.

We're domed!



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Les Miserable wrote:
Hakuna Matata wrote:
http://salutsunderland.com/2018/02/bristol-city-who-are-you-can-we-have-billy-jones-and-your-stadium/

From our friends at Salut :-

Bristol City Who are You?: ‘I’d take Billy Jones – and your stadium?’

A Britolian view of the game


If they pay good money for the stadium we'll throw in Jones for free.

We're domed!



Only domed, does that mean we have a chance? 8-)


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Hakuna Matata wrote:
Les Miserable wrote:
Hakuna Matata wrote:
http://salutsunderland.com/2018/02/bristol-city-who-are-you-can-we-have-billy-jones-and-your-stadium/

From our friends at Salut :-

Bristol City Who are You?: ‘I’d take Billy Jones – and your stadium?’

A Britolian view of the game


If they pay good money for the stadium we'll throw in Jones for free.

We're domed!



Only domed, does that mean we have a chance? 8-)



Thought he meant the shape of the stadium :oops:



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Bristol City are again without the suspended Nathan Baker, so captain Bailey Wright is set to play at centre-back and Korey Smith at right-back.

Matty Taylor, Eros Pisano, Jens Hegeler, Callum O'Dowda and Milan Djuric all remain out, while keeper Frank Fielding (thigh) is a doubt.

Sunderland keeper Robbin Ruiter is out for up to three months with a dislocated finger. (So what??)

Midfielders Jonny Williams and Paddy McNair could both return after injury.

SAM's prediction


Home win 60% Draw 24% Away win 16%

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 these teams at Ashton Gate in any competition since February 1999 - Sunderland won 1-0 that day with a penalty from Kevin Phillips.
  • Indeed, Sunderland haven't lost at Ashton Gate since October 1993, when the Robins won 2-0 in a league fixture with goals from Wayne Allison and Ian Baird.
  • Bristol City have lost six of their eight matches in 2018 in all competitions (W1 D1), having lost just six of their final 37 matches of 2017.
  • Chris Coleman has never beaten Bristol City as a manager (D2 L2).
  • Bobby Reid has scored double the number of goals any other Bristol City player has managed in the Championship this season (12).
  • Sunderland have conceded the first goal in 20 Championship matches this season and are yet to win any (W0 D5 L15).


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Match preview:
Bristol City v Sunderland


Sunderland hit the road once again this weekend as they take on Bristol City this Saturday.

Ahead of the Sky Bet Championship fixture, here’s your all you need to know guide…

THE FIRST 30

Sunderland were left wondering what might have been last weekend when they slipped to defeat against Ipswich Town. After a high-octane opening where the Black Cats took the game to Town, two goals in the final 11 minutes of the first 45 changed the course of the afternoon, and with that the mood around the Stadium of Light. The early promise and hope had diminished as the second 45 wore on, leaving the Black Cats two points adrift and with work to do in their final 16 matches this season. Having tasted successive defeats, the task Chris Coleman is faced with is turning the tide once again so the Black Cats rekindle some of the form shown in December which saw them collect eight points from a possible 15.

THE ROBINS

Currently sixth, Lee Johnson’s side will be looking to strengthen their grip in the play-off places against Sunderland. It has been quite a season for Johnson's men having defeated Manchester United before taking part in a scintillating semi-final against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup. However, after being knocked out by Pep Guardiola's side, the Robins will be focusing their attentions on fending off Preston North End in the race to secure a play-off place come May. And if they are to do that then they will need to improve on their last eight league matches which has seen them win just twice. It had been thought that victory over Queens Park Rangers in their last home match might have paved the way for a better run of form, but defeat last Friday at Bolton Wanderers has left Johnson’s men with a point to prove yet again.

ROBBIN OUT

Chris Coleman revealed earlier this week that stopper Robbin Ruiter will be out for up to 12 weeks with a dislocated finger. The Dutchman had kept five clean sheets in his previous 11 appearances but will now be out of action until at least April. Adam Matthews, who spent last season on loan at Ashton Gate, is out while Jonny Williams and Paddy McNair are in contention to make return. Meanwhile, Lamine Kone and Marc Wilson are making progress in the treatment room and Jake Clarke-Salter is expected to return.

MIXED BAG


Neither Sunderland or Bristol City have held a superior upper hand in years gone by when looking at the history books. This weekend’s trip to Ashton Gate will be the Black Cats’ first since 1999! That day, Sunderland left with all three points after a Kevin Phillips penalty. With one win each in the previous two meetings, Sunderland will be looking to avoid Bristol doing the double over them having lost the fixture at the Stadium of Light in October 2017.

FOLLOW THE ACTION


There will be no match tickets on sale at Ashton Gate on the day for Sunderland fans.

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.


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Hakuna Matata wrote:
Les Miserable wrote:
Hakuna Matata wrote:
http://salutsunderland.com/2018/02/bristol-city-who-are-you-can-we-have-billy-jones-and-your-stadium/

From our friends at Salut :-

Bristol City Who are You?: ‘I’d take Billy Jones – and your stadium?’

A Britolian view of the game


If they pay good money for the stadium we'll throw in Jones for free.

We're domed!



Only domed, does that mean we have a chance? 8-)


Don't take the puss!



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Don't take the puss!


Sorry mate.


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Manager's preview:
We're in the middle of a tornado


Chris Coleman has urged his players to step up to the plate and deliver ahead of Sunderland’s trip to Bristol City.

The Black Cats travel to Ashton Gate seeking a returning to winning ways following back-to-back defeats against Birmingham City and Ipswich Town.

Coleman admitted the Lads are ‘in the middle of a tornado’ after seeing his side drop back into the bottom three, but he insists everyone associated with the club must pull together in order to turn things around.

And speaking ahead of Saturday’s game, the Welshman urged his players to keep fighting and keep believing.

“We’re right in the middle of a tornado,” said Coleman.

“We have another game tomorrow and you can look at it two ways – I’m going to work to survive or I’m going to work to succeed.”

He continued: “If we go with the latter then we’ll be okay, but if we think, ‘we’re away to Bristol City, they are up that end and we’re at this end, what if we go 1-0 down’, and its doom and gloom, if you’re of that mindset you’re attracting the worst and that’s what happens.

“You can never stop fighting and you have to keep going and keep believing, because, as negative as it feels, we’re two points away from getting out of this horrible situation we’re in.

“That doesn’t mean we’re safe until the end of the season, but it’s a positive step and we’ve got to hang on to that.

“I completely understand the frustrations of the supporters – who wouldn’t – all I’ll say is, from me to them, if we’ve ever needed them more than we do now, I’d hate to see the situation we were in before.

“I know they’re angry and they have every right to be and they’re frustrated, but we’ve never needed them more than we do now.

“We won’t get away from where we are without their support.”


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Media mash-up:
Pundits on Bristol City




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

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

James Hunter (@JHunterChron) – The Chronicle

Sunderland's situation may have got worse following last weekend's defeat against Ipswich Town, but at least – for half-an-hour – the three deadline-day arrivals offered some hope. They were thrown in at the deep end after only a couple of days' training, and tomorrow's game at Bristol City will be a better opportunity to judge them now that they have had a full week's training alongside their new teammates on Wearside. It is still tight in the lower reaches of the Championship and Sunderland could find themselves anywhere between fourth-bottom and bottom, depending on results this weekend. After seeing more soft goals shipped last Saturday, I feel the key to tomorrow's game – and survival this season – is an organised defence capable of keeping clean sheets. To that end, Jake Clarke-Salter's return from injury is a major plus.

Richard Mennear (@RichMennearJP) – Sunderland Echo

After back-to-back defeats, it doesn't get any easier for Sunderland. This weekend sees the Black Cats make the long trip south to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City. Lee Johnson's side are sixth and are in the promotion mix but have stuttered of late, with only one win in their last five. Good time to play them? Perhaps but Sunderland are so inconsistent it is impossible to say which team will turn up. It's another huge game for Sunderland and with just 16 games left of the season, the Black Cats need to start stringing together a run of victories soon. The gap to safety is remarkably still just two points but fifth-bottom Bolton Wanderers are four points clear of Sunderland and have a game in hand. That gap cannot widen further. It's make or break time for Sunderland, the time for talking is over. Two of Sunderland's new signings impressed in the first half against Ipswich Town, Ashley Fletcher and Ovie Ejaria catching the eye and they will be better for those 90-minutes. Chris Coleman needs them to make a big impact between now and May and help bring a much-needed winning mentality to the club.

Paul Fraser (@paulfraserecho) – The Northern Echo

Here we go again, another testing trip to one of the Championship's promotion contenders. Recent defeats to Birmingham and Ipswich will not have helped matters, so it is difficult to imagine how Sunderland can leave Ashton Gate with three points. Sunderland are in a right mess, so how everyone could do with a lift against Bristol City. Chris Coleman, so positive when he has spoken since taking over, has even looked like the situation has started to get to him and he could do with a result to help him smile again. Coleman has fared better than how Simon Grayson did. He knows, though, that the slight improvements in terms of results will count for nothing if he can't lift Sunderland clear of trouble. Defeating Bristol City will be a tall order but Sunderland have occasionally actually looked better under Coleman when nobody has expected them to do well. How Wearside will hope that is the case again when they face the Robins. Sunderland have a few new players settling in and those have had a full week on the training ground together, hopefully that will have had a positive impact. One thing is for sure, Sunderland can't afford to keep losing or that gap to safety will just keep widening and the threat of League One football will become a reality.

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


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Well done boys.

and groan.


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Browning jogging back for their second.



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What a game of 2 halves.

The bad then the good.

Why do we call our back line a defence. Shouldn't we call them spectators?

Still : Happy at 3-3 another point, but we are still 23rd and 3 points from respectability.


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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43018258

This is an excerpt from the above

'I felt they were there for the taking'

A team in the Championship play-offs leads 3-0 at home to a side in the bottom three after 37 minutes - it's going to end up a cricket score, isn't it?

When Famara Diedhiou scored Bristol City's third, it prompted many of the travelling Black Cats fans to start their long journey north at half-time - even Sunderland themselves said they "couldn't blame them", in a tweet that was later deleted.

However three goals in the last 20 minutes, the last of which a 92nd minute Marlon Pack own goal, saw the game finish 3-3. The comeback is already being coined 'Bristanbul', in reference to Liverpool's famous Champions League turnaround against AC Milan in 2005.

"I have to hold my hands up and say tactically I got it wrong in the second half. I should've settled for 3-0," City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol.

"I probably got a bit excited and felt that they were there for the taking. We had chances but we crumbled and I should've given the lads a bit more help."

Johnson's opposite number Chris Coleman summed up the madness of a memorable ending perfectly.

"We were complaining to the fourth official that there should've been more time added on, and when we scored we were telling him to blow the whistle - that's football," the Welshman said.


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Sunderland's incredible comeback means they have still not lost at Ashton Gate since October 1993

Championship strugglers Sunderland came from 3-0 down to rescue a point at promotion hopefuls Bristol City.


‪The Robins, who have won just once in 2018, were three goals ahead inside 37 minutes as the Black Cats capitulated.‬

‪Aden Flint poked City in front before two close-range finishes from Famara Diedhiou prompted some away fans to leave Ashton Gate early.‬

‪But, after Josh Brownhill's own goal and Aiden McGeady's strike, Marlon Pack diverted into his own net for 3-3.‬

‪It capped an amazing final 20 minutes for Sunderland, whose supporters had greeted the half-time whistle with boos and chants of "you're not fit to wear the shirt" towards their own players.‬

‪Operating with a back three and wing-backs, the Black Cats had produced a woeful defensive display before the break and could have been even further behind if City had been more ruthless.‬

‪Yet a change in formation brought about a much-improved display, and Ashley Fletcher may even have equalised moments before Pack's unfortunate stoppage-time leveller, only to be denied by an incredible point-blank save from Frank Fielding.‬

‪Bristol City's dramatic collapse was as remarkable and unexpected as Sunderland's late improbable revival - and came exactly a year to the day after they squandered a 3-0 half-time lead at Derby County to draw 3-3.‬

‪Lee Johnson's side remain three points clear of seventh but have now dropped six points adrift of the automatic promotion places after a run of just one win in seven league matches.‬

‪Sunderland are 23rd, one point above bottom side Burton Albion and three points from safety.

Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's probably poor decision-making by me. I have to hold my hands up and say, tactically, I got it wrong in the second half.

"I should have settled for 3-0. I probably got excited, and felt they were there for the taking.

"We had chances but we crumbled. I should have given the lads a bit more help and put another midfielder on at 3-1, and changed it up a bit.

"So, my fault, and apologies. To lose those two points is very, very frustrating."

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman told BBC Newcastle:

"I didn't see the first 45 minutes coming. I thought we would have learned our lesson from the last couple of games but we clearly hadn't.

"The fight-back was fantastic. We got booed off at half-time - and rightly so - but the players earned the three points themselves.

"It is a matter of mentality and you must never give up, no matter how bad it is. It is about responsibility and accountability and they showed some courage.

"No-one else is going to help us. There is enough games and enough points to take care of ourselves."‬‬

Line-ups

Bristol City

1 Fielding
8 Brownhill
4 Flint
5 Wright
3 Bryan Booked at 80mins
40 Kent Substituted for Magnusson at 90+3'minutes
7S mith Booked at 45mins
21 Pack
20 Paterson
14 Reid Substituted for Diony at 45'minutes
9 Diedhiou Booked at 57mins Substituted for Walsh at 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

12 Walsh
15 Steele
16 Engvall
18 Woodrow
19 Eliasson
23 Magnusson
39 Diony

Sunderland


12 Camp
2 Jones Booked at 72mins
18 Browning
16 O'Shea
35 Clarke-Salter
3 Oviedo Substituted for Lua Lua at 59'minutes
26 Honeyman Substituted for McGeady at 71'minutes
6 Cattermole
53 Ejaria Substituted for Robson at 83'minutes
29 Asoro
9 Fletcher

Substitutes

1 Steele
11 Lua Lua
19 McGeady
20 Maja
22 Love
27 Gooch
28 Robson

Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
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https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2018/february/bristol-city/honeyman-reviews-ashton-gate-drama

Videos.

George Honeyman interview


That felt better than a 0-0 draw:
Honeyman reviews late drama


https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2018/february/bristol-city/catts-post-bristol-city

Catts Interview

Watch:
Catts looks beyond comeback


https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2018/february/bristol-city/coleman-post-bristol-city

Chris Coleman Interview


Manager's verdict:
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Match report:
Dramatic comeback seals point




Bristol City 3-3 Sunderland

Sunderland produced an emphatic second-half comeback to seal a point at Ashton Gate after being 3-0 down at half-time.

Bristol City opened the scoring after just four minutes as Aden Flint’s well-taken finish breached the Black Cats backline, with Famara Diedhiou’s double securing a commanding lead before the break.

Josh Brownhill’s own goal cut the deficit and Aiden McGeady made it 3-2 with ten minutes remaining, and the all-important moment came in the second minute of added time as Marlon Pack steered Joel Asoro's cross into the net.

Recap all the action below...

TEAM NEWS

Coleman made two changes at Ashton Gate as Jake Clarke-Salter and George Honeyman, who tops Sunderland’s appearance chart this season, came back into the starting XI. Adam Matthews missed out against his former club – the Welshman spent last season on loan at City – and Ethan Robson dropped to the bench alongside Jason Steele who replaced the injured Robbin Ruiter.

CITY STRIKE EARLY

The Black Cats have paid the price for their defending from set pieces throughout the campaign and after just four minutes there was an all-too familiar frustration. Pack whipped a tempting free-kick into the box and Flint was first to react, with the defender’s sublime first touch taking the ball away from Lee Camp and into his stride for a close-range finish. City continued to apply pressure while Ashley Fletcher saw an effort fly wide at the near post, but the tone - at least for the opening period - had already been set and the Black Cats had a lucky escape when Bobby Reid was unable to get Pack’s incisive through ball under his spell.

DIEDHIOU DOUBLE

A second remained on the cards, though, and it arrived just after the half-hour mark as Diedhiou broke the offside trap and rounded Camp to double City’s lead. The powerful striker should have grabbed his second three minutes later as Reid’s cross put it on a plate, but he dusted himself down and eight minutes before the break he was wheeling away again. A swift counter attack engineered by Reid was picked up by Ryan Kent who delivered a pin-point cross to Diedhiou who tucked away the home side’s third. Game over? Not yet.

GLIMMER

Sunderland’s second-half performance was more assured and they hassled and harried in an attempt to find a route back into the game. Fletcher saw a header blocked at close range and Ejaria fired over from 25-yards, with Diedhiou denied his hat-trick at the other end after handling the ball into the net. With 20 minutes remaining, Lee Cattermole’s header thudded against the underside of the crossbar before bouncing off Brownhill and into the net – and the red and white army were on their feet again with ten minutes remaining, as McGeady turned home Cattermole’s clever free-kick.

COMEBACK COMPLETE

Fletcher should have levelled in the final seconds of normal time, but somehow, someway, Fielding produced a save to divert it over the crossbar. That felt like the moment we'd all been waiting for, but the Black Cats only needed two of the four additional minutes to clinch a point, as Asoro’s cross was turned into his own net by Pack. Comeback complete.

Bristol City: Fielding, Bryan, Flint, Wright, Smith, Diedhiou (Walsh 93), Reid (Diony 45), Paterson, Pack, Kent (Magnusson 93).
Subs not used: Steele, Engvall, Woodrow, Elliasson.

Sunderland: Camp, O’Shea, Browning, Clarke-Salter, Jones, Oviedo (LuaLua 59), Cattermole, Honeyman (McGeady 71), Ejaria (Robson 83), Asoro, Fletcher.
Subs not used: Steele, Maja, Love, Gooch.


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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5378995/Championship-Sunderland-pull-Liverpool-esque-comeback.html

Championship verdict: Sunderland pull off Liverpool-esque comeback to complete three-goal turnaround at Bristol City, while Adam Le Fondre ends goal drought in style

Sunderland trailed by three goals after just 37 minutes at Bristol City
A second half comeback earned the relegation-threatened side a crucial point
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy took supporters' calls for his sacking on the chin
Adama Traore shined for Middlesbrough with two goals against Reading
Adam Le Fondre needed just 79 seconds to end his goal drought against Fulham

With only 15 games to play for in the Championship, Wolves appear to be the only side certain about their future, a return to the Premier League is calling them after their 2-1 win over QPR maintained their 12-point lead at the top.

'Bristanbul' comeback

Three down after 37 minutes, nobody gave Sunderland a prayer at Bristol City. And that included the person running their Twitter account, who posted: 'The Red and White Army are heading for the exits and to be perfectly honest you can't blame them.'

It was swiftly deleted and just as well because Sunderland fought back to earn a point. 'Tactically, I got it wrong in the second half,' admitted Robins boss Lee Johnson.


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Chris Coleman more annoyed with Sunderland after Bristol City comeback than before it

Manager Chris Coleman says he was quite calm when the Black Cats came in 3-0 down at half-time at Ashton Gate and more unhappy at full-time

Chris Coleman says he was more annoyed with his Sunderland players after their thrilling comeback at Bristol City than before it.

The Black Cats manager says he was measured when his team trooped in 3-0 down at half-time because losing his temper too much with a struggling side would limit the effect.

After 70 minutes of the Ashton Gate game the visitors were still three goals behind and the Robins looked more likely to score next. Instead Sunderland found the net three times to claim a point which had never looked in the offing. It just showed what they were capable of, and that frustrated Coleman.

“I’d be more inclined to give them a b******ing after the game than at half-time,” he admitted.

“That’s because we’d gone from that low to high. Why did you bring this low again? And where was that high in the first 45 minutes?

“So sometimes I’ve dished out more b******ings and had more stand-up rows and scraps with players but there are only so many times that you can keep going to that.

“Sometimes you just have got to have a calmer conversation and get them to offer something verbally which they did at half-time and full-time. Then sometimes you get a bit more clarity out of the situation.

“I was more aggressive to them after the game than at the break.

“At half-time I was just asking them questions of why to get the point across. I can’t keep screaming at them or I lose my effect on them. If you are losing a lot of games as we are you can’t keep screaming.

“That’s why I sat down (on the bench). I normally stand up but when we went 3-0 down I sat down and I just had to think a bit and try to keep calm which wasn’t easy.

“That’s because you get to the situation where you can’t keep doing the same thing the same thing. You have to say hold up maybe that’s not working.”

With that in mind, the comeback came after Coleman switched from three to four at the back during a game for the third time in a row.

“We may have to tweak personnel or formation,” he said. “I don’t care what it is. I don’t mind leaving a player out, I don’t care who he is if I think we’re going to get a result and spark a reaction.

“That’s maybe something we need to analyse between now and the next game to get a response like that.”

Sunderland were terrible defensively throughout the game, but took a point with their spirit. At Ipswich Town in the previous game they started playing some excellent football, but contrived to lose. No wonder Coleman is so exasperated.

“If it was the first 45 minutes of the blue where we hadn’t been doing that I would probably analyse it more but we’ve done that before,” he pointed out. “It’s happened two games running.

“We played well against Ipswich for half-an-hour, bossing the game but we conceded the first goal and then a minute before half-time we conceded again.

“When we played Birmingham a week before we were 1-0 down and then a minute before half-time we conceded again.

“So you’re looking at a trend there so I was thinking here we go again. If it was something out of the blue I’d analyse it more but I know why it has happened

“I think if it was 0-0 and we’d defended for 90 minutes it would have felt different but we came and had a go and it got us back into the game so I’m pleased with that.

“At Cardiff we went down with a whimper.”


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https://www.sunderlandecho.com/sport/football/sunderland-afc/chris-coleman-hails-magnificent-sunderland-support-for-their-part-in-bristanbul-comeback-1-9012188

Chris Coleman hails ‘magnificent’ Sunderland support for their part in Bristanbul comeback

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http://salutsunderland.com/2018/02/sixers-bristol-soapbox-and-its-worth-waiting-for/

Sixers summation. I enjoyed it.

An excerpt.

The final whistle was met with raucous scenes on and off the pitch as we realised that this could be the start of yet another Great Escape if we learnt the lessons from this game, those being;

  • 1. Play with two full backs and two central defenders.
  • 2. Give McGeady the free ranging role he had here and encourage him to run at defences.
  • 3. Play Asoro wide and let him cut in
  • 4. Give the opposition a three goal start and come back at them like tigers
  • 5. Forget No.4.


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At half-time I'd abandoned hope for the match and the season on the basis that "blessed is he who expects little for he shall not be disappointed". Then that happens and I find myself thinking the corner might have been turned! Talk about ITHICS :(



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Sheep farmer wrote:
At half-time I'd abandoned hope for the match and the season on the basis that "blessed is he who expects little for he shall not be disappointed". Then that happens and I find myself thinking the corner might have been turned! Talk about ITHICS :(



Telepathy again. :D


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