Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

BEHIND ENEMY LINES - PART 2

BEHIND ENEMY LINES - PART 2

FIRST BIG TEST FOR BRUCE

Peter Reid first experienced it in early 2002, Roy Keane in early 2008, the likes of Wilkinson, McCarthy & Sbragia throughout their reigns and Steve Bruce may be about to experience it himself over the next weeks and months. I'm talking about big pressure . The reason? Our wretched away form, which since the superb draw at Old Trafford has gotten steadily worse. The first half performance at Fulham on Sunday was bordering on shambolic at times and if it wasn't for a much, much improved second half the scoreline could have become embarrassing. In my opinion the main reason for this is the unsettled defence. Away from home it has looked nervy and liable to concede early. Do this away from home in the Premier League and you struggle to get back in the game. There have been changes all season due to injuries and suspension but we must settle on a consistent back four if we want to progress from strugglers to a decent established mid-table team.

Back at home though for a double header against Portsmouth & Aston Villa. We should be aiming for 4 points minimum from these two but a win against Pompey is essential with a set of fixtures to come in which we don't traditionally get much from. I was a little disappointed with the performance of Kenwyne Jones on Sunday, but he probably needed the run out and we should see more of a threat from him at the SoL this week. The main worry is defensively though, we have injury worries over Mensah & McCartney whilst Bardsley & Richardson are suspended after picking up their 5th yellow card at Craven Cottage. That leaves us with possibly only Turner, Da Silva & Nosworthy as recognised defenders. Will Cana have to fill in again? With Portsmouth boosted by last weeks win at home to Burnley and Aston Villa on fine form, its going to be a nervous few games I feel.

Predictions: SAFC 1 Portsmouth 1
SAFC 2 Aston Villa 2

BIG DAY OUT FOR BARROW

Barrow beat Oxford in their second round replay this week, handing them a trip to the SoL in the new year. Another fantastic day out for their fans after their trip to Middlesbrough earlier this year. They took 7000 fans there so I'm expecting around the same at our place. I sit in the South East corner so I'll have to shift seats, but it should make for a fantastic atmosphere and I hope our fans turn up in their numbers too. Which brings me to the pricing for this match. £15 for adults is a bit steep I feel. Yes I know unless both clubs agree to a lower price it's £15 minimum, but that isn't going to to attract the occasional attendee for a game against a non-league team. £10 or even £5 would be ideal and keep the attendance considerably higher.

MISSING THE LOCAL RAG

I've lived over here on Tyneside for 2 years now (I'm not sure if that means I'm an exile!) and one thing I really miss is the good old Sunlun Echo. There's nothing better than flicking through the Echo whilst having your tea after work to catch up on all things SAFC and the local news. I still do get to read it now and again on a visit to the parents but its a shame you can't get it delivered over here as I probably would pay for it!

Its amazing how much you miss Graeme Anderson and Lawsy after a while away.

ITS VITAL TO TWEET

We've this week launched the vitalsunderland twitter page. Follow us at www.twitter.com/vitalsunderland

That's all for now,
PW

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Paul Wallis
Date:Wednesday December 9 2009
Time: 9:13PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Cameron Not Happy About Penalty Decision.

Stoke defender Geoff Cameron was not happy about being the player who conceded the penalty that gave Sunderland a draw at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Big Sam Praises Defoe And His Goals.

Sam Allardyce sang the praises of striker Jermain Defoe as he kept his cool to score Sunderland's equaliser against Stoke in the dying seconds.

Mark Hughes Moans About Ref (Surprise, Surprise)

Serial moaner Mark Hughes was at it again on Saturday afternoon, this time he blamed referee Craig Pawson for handing a draw to the Sunderland

Mark Hughes Moans About Ref (Surprise, Surprise)

Serial moaner Mark Hughes was at it again on Saturday afternoon, this time he blamed referee Craig Pawson for handing a draw to the Sunderland

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

JoJo
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Which club will survive?
Suggested By:
Sunderland78%
Norwich13%
Newcastle9%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 35 19 12 4 69 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
10 Chelsea 34 12 11 11 47 7
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 11 2016 7:45PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Watford (a)
Barclays Premier League