September 2015

Manchester United vs Sunderland AFC

Players walk out ahead of OLD TRAFFORD clash  Cattermole tackles Rooney

A trip to Old Trafford is never easy and Sunderland came to discover that when 3 o’clock on Saturday came around. Despite recent results being poor, I had a good feeling about the game ahead, maybe it was because we didn’t have a lot to lose in terms of result and united would be keen to win with Manchester city losing earlier in the day at spurs, meaning a win would send them top. The game started with 4 changes being made in the Sunderland side with Pantilimon, Jones, Cattermole and Kaboul returning to the starting 11. The first ten minutes had past and without having full control over the game, we looked to be defending well. Our game plan was clearly going to be defend deep and look to hit on the counter attack. The half seemed to go by quite slowly with the odd chance here and there but nothing clear cut. The fourth official indicated added time as Daley Blind played a ball back post towards Mata who cushioned it across goal for new signing Memphis Depay to smash home. A real Sucker punch for a Sunderland side who had defended so well. The start of the second half brought Steven Fletcher onto the field for Adam Johnson who was poor first half. 1 minute in saw a ball come forward out of nothing towards the right wing where Martial went past Kaboul with ease and drilled a ball into the box for Rooney to score his first goal of the Season. With a goal coming right before and after half time, It left Sunderland fans thinking it wasn’t going to be our day. The game went into the final quarter with Sunderland showing very little when on the ball and still sitting deep which left fans frustrated once again. The one chance for Sunderland saw Cattermole play a nice ball through to Van Aanholt only for the United keeper to save. The game was put to bed when a ball came across to Ashley Young out on the left, who drilled into the path of Juan Mata, who fired past a helpless Pantilimon. Another loss for Sunderland  who are already playing catch up 7 games in.

My Man of the Match would go to Matteo Darmian, shutting out most attacks down the Sunderland Right wing.


AFC Bournemouth vs Sunderland AFC


If anyone ever tells you any premier league game will be easy they are lying, especially this year, the league is stronger than ever and points have to be picked up from sides around the position you expect to finish. Bournemouth away seemed like one of those fixtures in which anything less than three points we wouldn’t be satisfied. The 12 hour round trip didn’t put off the travelling fans and once again sold out the allocation given to the club. With John Oshea ruled out with illness, Sebastian Coates was the only change from the sides defeat the weekend before at home to spurs.The game had started, the sun was shining and for one moment I was actually confident of a positive result. 4 minutes in the in form Callum Wilson received the ball into feet, rolled it round Younes Kaboul who was too tight to his man and smashed it past a helpless Costel Pantilimon. Not even 5 minutes later a corner ball came in which was headed out to Matt Ritchie who took it onto his chest and volleyed into the top corner, leaving pantilimon only to watch it fly in. Defoe had a few very good chances as he did the previous week but failed to convert leaving fans frustrated. The game passed by with Sunderland having more and more possession as a cross came in from M’vila towards Lens which was finally headed into the back of the net, only for the linesman to flag it offside. On replay Lens didn’t look to be offside and at this point you got the feeling it wasn’t going to be Sunderland’ day. With 3 of the back 4 being on yellow cards, Kaboul clattered into Callum Wilson only to be shown a second yellow. That was that and the final scoreline was 2-0 to Bournemouth. It was very hard to find positives in those performances and now we have to go again with an even easier couple of games against Manchester City at home in the Capital one cup Tuesday and then a trip to Manchester United Saturday. Lets hope we get to use the ‘typical Sunderland’ saying when we advance in the cup Tuesday night and get three points away to Utd on Saturday… I told you I was an optimist!

David Nunn, 20. Sports Journalism student.

Since a young age I’ve always been Sunderland obsessed, and after realising I didn’t quite have what it takes to become the next best thing in the heart of Sunderland’s defence, I turned to writing about my beloved team.

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