1:45 PM EST, Mon December 18, 2017
The Busby Babe 2 hours ago
The rise and fall of Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The rise and fall of Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The curious case of Manchester United’s maddening magician He was once an undeniable starter and majorly responsible for Manchester United’s Europa League championship this year. These days, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is an invisible man, likely making his Manchester exit soon, possibly even next month. The Armenian midfielder has not been featured in eight of the last nine matchday rosters, only appearing as as a substitute in United’s 1-0 win over Brighton on November 25th. This begs the question: what happened? Disappearing act The Red Devils began their 2017 Premier League season in...
Roker Report 3 hours ago
The redemption of Adam Matthews; a man rejuvenated by Sunderland’s appointment of Chris Coleman

The redemption of Adam Matthews; a man rejuvenated by Sunderland’s appointment of Chris Coleman

Adam Matthews finally looks settled into life as a Sunderland player - and it’s in no small part due to the manager in the dugout, who has shown complete faith in him since the day he walked through the door. When Adam Matthews signed for Sunderland in 2015, his switch from Scottish champions Celtic could perhaps be seen in the light of a new recruitment policy, aimed at bringing in young, hungry players, developing them and making a profit within a few years. Matthews fit the bill. He’d won international caps with Wales, domestic medals and experienced European football at a...
The Busby Babe 3 hours ago
Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 West Brom

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-1 West Brom

Phil Jones was a rock at the back, Matić controlled the midfield and Lukaku proved a threat up-top, here are our player ratings. Romelu Lukaku got back on the scoresheet again with a signature header, while Jesse Lingard’s deflected shot gave Manchester United a commanding lead going into half-time. However, Mourinho’s men made hard-work of the game, allowing West Brom back in with a soft goal. Nevertheless, the Reds hung on and took all three points back to Manchester. David De Gea: 6 The in-form goalkeeper was fairly untested for the majority of this game, with West Brom’s biggest...
Roker Report 3 hours ago
Summer swoop on the cards? Everton reportedly scouting Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri

Summer swoop on the cards? Everton reportedly scouting Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri

Reports in France claim Everton have been recent visitors to watch Sunderland-owned Wahbi Khazri in action. According to reports in France, Everton have been recent visitors to Stade Rennais to run the rule over Sunderland’s Wahbi Khazri who is on loan at the French side. With Sam Allardyce now settled into the Goodison hotseat, the links to his former Black Cats personnel have begun in earnest. Big Sam has already been credited with interest in Patrick van Aanholt and Lamine Kone, though he would be unable to sign Khazri until the summer. Reported FIFA rules would prevent the Tunisian...
The Busby Babe 5 hours ago
VIDEO: Manchester United 2-1 West Brom highlights

VIDEO: Manchester United 2-1 West Brom highlights

Good first half, poor second half, three points secured. Manchester United just about got out of a Premier League trip to West Brom with all three points, thanks to a decent first half performance and goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard. The less said about the second half performance the better. Check out the highlights of Sunday’s win below. Your browser does not support HTML5 video.
Roker Report 5 hours ago

Tales From The Stands: Palace away on a Monday night & the best of ‘chewy’ Stuey Price

Big Micky Lough is back with another edition of Tales From The Stands. Anybody remember Billy Jones' Pirlo-esque through ball to Jermain Defoe at a freezing Selhurst Park? If you have a story you would like to share, then send it in via Twitter, Facebook, or email us at: rokerreport@yahoo.co.uk Photos, videos, poems, memoirs and everything in-between are encouraged as we look to share your favourite moments following Sunderland. Ha’way the Lads! There’s just something about Crystal Palace away - it’s the only away ground I’ve been to more than once and still enjoy a 100% record...
Roker Report 9 hours ago
The message from Sunderland manager Chris Coleman is clear: “Don’t get too carried away!”

The message from Sunderland manager Chris Coleman is clear: “Don’t get too carried away!”

Despite masterminding the club’s first home win in 364 days, Chris Coleman is keeping his feet firmly planted as he plots long-term success. After managing a remarkable run of 364 days without a Sunderland victory on home soil, Saturday’s win over Fulham felt like a truly cathartic moment for the club. Since Chris Coleman has taken over as manager it has been clear to see the upturn in fortunes - even with daft dismissals, and an injury list the length of the River Wear. It never ceases to amaze me the impact one or two people can have on an organization; Chris Coleman and Kit Symons...
The Fighting Cock 9 hours ago

We need to talk about City

Manchester City we're the much better team but Sam Boroudjou is fearful for what this result means.
The Busby Babe 10 hours ago
Manchester United prepare £60m bid for Juventus defender Alex Sandro

Manchester United prepare £60m bid for Juventus defender Alex Sandro

But is he as good as Daley Blind? Bad news! Manchester United look set to miss out on Antoine Griezmann after Barcelona representatives met with his family, with a transfer looking likely in January. Diego Costa will be the man to replace Griezmann in the winter, when he is registered from Chelsea. Barcelona will gain a more direct forward than they usually use, and will now have Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Griezmann to choose from. Good news! We don’t get to sign a player who indulges in racist blackface and then doesn’t properly apologise in any way when people...
Roker Report 11 hours ago
ITHICS Fanzine: I have that Peter Reid feeling; Sunderland & Coleman are a match made in heaven!

ITHICS Fanzine: I have that Peter Reid feeling; Sunderland & Coleman are a match made in heaven!

I don’t know about you but there’s just something about Chris Coleman as Sunderland manager that feels right - a feeling that I had all the way back in the mid-nineties when Peter Reid was the man in charge. This time last year we beat Watford one-nil. That’s three-hundred and sixty-four days. Fifty-two weeks and twelve months. ONE YEAR! One, flaming, year, since we last won a game at home. It took a whole year for us to win our next game at the Stadium of Light - our home ground; our fortress. The place which should make opponents shudder. But it’s not the opponents who have...
The Busby Babe 20 hours ago
Antonio Valencia sustains hamstring injury as United beat West Brom

Antonio Valencia sustains hamstring injury as United beat West Brom

The United full-back could be set for a spell on the sidelines. Manchester United full-back Antonio Valencia could be set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in Sunday’s win over West Bromwich Albion. The Ecuadorian veteran, who has been wearing the captain’s armband in Michael Carrick’s continued absence, hobbled off in the second half of the 2-1 victory at the Hawthorns. Valencia later claimed he was “fine”, though José Mourinho isn’t counting his chickens. Quoted on the United website, the gaffer said: “This is what I call a December injury....
The Busby Babe Dec 17, 2017
United 2-0 West Brom: Lukaku and Lingard secure a nervous three points

United 2-0 West Brom: Lukaku and Lingard secure a nervous three points

It wasn’t entirely convincing, but United have slashed the gap at the top of the table to 11 points. Manchester United picked up their 13th win of the season with a performance that was comfortable for 70 minutes, then a chaotic slog for the final 20 or so. Goals from Romelu Lukaku — his 15th of the season — and Jesse Lingard were enough to secure the three points, even though West Brom threatened to ruin Jose Mourinho’s evening. United got off to a slow start, dominating possession but failing to test Ben Foster in the West Brom goal. And then, after 26 minutes, they were ahead,...
Roker Report Dec 17, 2017
C’est Magnifique! Sunderland’s superb Fulham showing shows Coleman’s hard work is paying off

C’est Magnifique! Sunderland’s superb Fulham showing shows Coleman’s hard work is paying off

Sunderland’s steady progress under the tutelage of former Wales manager Chris Coleman is starting to show - taking three points off Fulham when you haven’t won at home in almost a year is no mean feat. The sense of relief and happiness on Wearside today in the aftermath of our first home win in 364 days will be immense. It’s pretty overwhelming for me, and I’m writing this from a flat in Southern Germany - hundreds of miles away from the scene of yesterday’s glorious victory over Fulham. The difference between this team now and the one that took to the field a month ago when a...
Roker Report Dec 17, 2017
Quick Kicks: Full credit goes to Coleman and the Sunderland players, who were immense yesterday

Quick Kicks: Full credit goes to Coleman and the Sunderland players, who were immense yesterday

In today’s Quick Kicks we discuss the main talking points coming out of yesterday’s home victory over Fulham. Finally it feels good again to be a Sunderland supporter! Finally... a home win! Yesterday whilst at the game I experienced a range of emotions that I had in all honesty forgotten all about. Jubilation - watching a young kid score his first goal for the club, the winning one, was immense. Intensity - finally I watched a performance and felt that I could relate to the team on the pitch. They worked hard for each other and there was most definitely a team spirit; a...
The Busby Babe Dec 17, 2017
West Brom vs. Manchester United: Live stream, Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

West Brom vs. Manchester United: Live stream, Time, TV schedule and how to watch Premier League online

Get the team news, find out how to watch, and join us as United travel to West Bromwich Albion. It’s Christmas time, and the football just keeps coming and coming. Having lost to City last weekend, then righted the ship somewhat against Bournemouth in midweek, United go into this game under a little bit of pressure. Not only did City win again, yesterday, stretching that lead at the top out to 14 points, but Arsenal and Chelsea picked up wins as well. The defending champions are now level on points with United, and the race for first loser second is getting squeaky. United’s injury...
Roker Report Dec 17, 2017
Defoe names best Sunderland goals; Black Cats target will be sold, & check out Lens’ new wheels

Defoe names best Sunderland goals; Black Cats target will be sold, & check out Lens’ new wheels

Some odds and sods from around the Sunderland world. Jermain Defoe on Bradley & his best two Sunderland goals Jermain Defoe has been reflecting on his time at the Stadium of Light and highlighted that Van Basten-esque volley against Crystal Palace earlier this year as the second best he scored during his stint on Wearside. The England striker told Gazzetta dello Sport the strike was only beaten by his 2015 corker against Newcastle at the Stadium of Light: It’s [the Palace goal] definitely one of the most spectacular of my career, and in my scale of merit, it’s second after what I did...
Roker Report Dec 16, 2017
Sunderland 1-0 Fulham: YESSSSSSSSSS! FINALLY, A BLOODY HOME WIN! Player Ratings & Match Report

Sunderland 1-0 Fulham: YESSSSSSSSSS! FINALLY, A BLOODY HOME WIN! Player Ratings & Match Report

CHRIS COLEMAN, YOU BEAUTY! What a performance, what a win, what a relief. Here’s how it went, and how the lads rated. GET IN! Sunderland 1-0 Fulham Josh Maja’s first ever Sunderland goal has lifted the Black Cats out of the Championship relegation zone, with Chris Coleman’s side picking up yet another clean sheet and our first win in almost a calendar year in the process. The Welshman’s second home fixture saw his side avoid the unwanted record of going a full twelve months without a win at the Stadium of Light, seeing off a talented Fulham side. The manager deserves credit for...
Roker Report Dec 16, 2017
The Big Match Preview: Sunderland vs Fulham; Haway lads, three points at home & lift the curse

The Big Match Preview: Sunderland vs Fulham; Haway lads, three points at home & lift the curse

Mid-table Fulham are in town hoping to avoid becoming the first side to be beaten by Sunderland since the day Henry Heimlich died (December 17th 2016). Can we manoeuvre a choke-hold over the Cottagers? Ho ho ho. Yes, yes, it’s nearly a calendar year since Sunderland last won at home... enough already. Fulham are consecutive visitor number 22 to arrive on Wearside hoping to snatch a point or three this afternoon. Chris Coleman takes charge of the Black Cats for the second time at the Stadium of Light, hoping for a better outcome than the last disastrous afternoon we all spent at SR5...
Roker Report Dec 16, 2017
Scout Report: Possession, Pace & Power - What can Sunderland expect of today’s opponents Fulham?

Scout Report: Possession, Pace & Power - What can Sunderland expect of today’s opponents Fulham?

Sunderland welcome Fulham to the Stadium of Light this weekend looking to finally win a game at home this year. Fulham, however, will be no pushovers and are currently showing signs of improvement after a slow start to the season. Story so far Fulham are underachieving this season after being touted as promotion candidates at the start of the campaign. Seven wins, eight draws and six defeats leaves the Londoners sitting in 12th place and eight points out of the playoffs. It took Fulham seven games in all competitions to seal their first victory of the season with a 2-0 victory away at...
Roker Report Dec 16, 2017
Fulham fan is confident that Coleman will turn Sunderland around - but fears McGeady is finished

Fulham fan is confident that Coleman will turn Sunderland around - but fears McGeady is finished

This week’s opposition crack comes direct from Craven Cottage courtesy of Jack Collins. Jack contributes to Bleacher Report as well as Fulhamish Podcast and he spoke to Rory about this weekend’s game, the Whites’ season so far and, of course, Chris Coleman. RF: Fulham were many pundit’s favourites for promotion this season; however, despite having a decent start to the season, you haven't hit the heights that many expected. Has that came as a shock to the fans or do you think you're performing at the level you should be? JC: I think there’s an element of shock in the fanbase....

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