Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

Half - Hearted Sunderland Turn Up Again

Half - Hearted Sunderland Turn Up Again

The Stadium was half empty, the fans were in no real voice, the weather was dreadful but the real worrying thing from tonight was how Sunderland now look nothing like they did six weeks ago. What has happened to the team that nearly beat Man Utd at Old Trafford, out battled Liverpool and also fought their way through to a victory against the mighty Arsenal?

Steve Bruce decided for some reason to draft back in the absolutely awful Richardson in place of Campbell in the only change of the evening. Richardson has done nothing all season (maybe scored a tap in against West Ham) to deserve a place in the centre of midfield. I would rather have played a one legged Cattermole than this excuse for a Premiership player. No creativity, no defensive ability and lost the ball in dangerous areas all night, he needs to either be shown the door or dropped for the next game as he is not good enough anymore.

Sunderland created some decent half chances but blew all this when McCartney decided to panic in the first half and gift the ball to Villa who took advanatage without any questions asked. The ball fell to Heskey as he was played onside by Nyron Nosworthy and the England forward blasted past Marton Fulop.

The night looked like it was going to get worse when Reid missed a glorious chance in the early stages of the second half as he sliced wide past Friedel's post. Nothing dropped for Sunderland as the referee felt the heat from the home fans for some terrible decisions but he could not be blamed for the stupid dismissal of Lorik Cana in the 75th minute. Already walking a tight-rope after his awful challenge in the first half, Cana decided to dive in needlessly with two feet to take out the in form James Milner.

Milner was the one already laughing as he intercepted Richardson to fire in earlier from 25 yards to send the Villians home happy after their second win in a row on the road.

Steve Bruce has a lot of questions to ask and also answer from the fans for yet another night of dissapointment as we have now only won one in the last nine fixtures. That is sadly relegation form and if some players can not pull their finger out they need to be sold in January or we could face another long season fighting the drop zone.

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

Writer:Gary Johnson
Date:Tuesday December 15 2009
Time: 10:01PM


honestly couldn't see a villa win tonight, especially after the first 10/15 minutes. best of luck for the season!
15/12/2009 22:14:00
except for cana... ;)
15/12/2009 22:15:00
Cana needs to calm himself down, we have not got the cover at the moment.
15/12/2009 23:30:00
Milner's goal, wow. I love our Jimmy!
The Fear
16/12/2009 09:53:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

David Moyes Far From Happy About West Ham's Late Winner

David Moyes spoke of his anger that his side were robbed of a point in the press conference following Sunderland's 1-0 defeat against West Ham on Saturday.

Bilic Thought West Ham Win Should Have Been More Convincing

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was of the opinion that the result should have been more convincing.

Late, Late Goal Sinks Sunderland At West Ham

A 94th-minute winner from West Ham defender Winston Reid condemned Sunderland to their seventh defeat in nine games at West Ham on Saturday.

Stats: West Ham v Black Cats

All the stats from West Ham (1) vs (0) Black Cats, London Stadium, Saturday 22nd October Att: 56,985

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v West Ham (a)
Suggested By: Harry Redknapp
van Aanholt 12%
Watmore -750%
Pienaar -800%
Khazri -860%
Jones +860%
McNair +800%
Gooch +7512%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

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

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Oct 26 2016 7:45PM : Southampton (a)
Capital One Cup
Oct 29 2016 12:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 5 2016 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Hull City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Gregory Pecker37
2.idle eric25
3.Dirty Dave21
5.giant pig14
6.acid man7
9.francis batter4
10.Tommy The Turd4
Vital Football Comment