11:14 PM EDT, Fri October 20, 2017
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This starting XI for Sunderland at Brentford? Pair to come back in but further tinkering unlikely

This starting XI for Sunderland at Brentford? Pair to come back in but further tinkering unlikely

Brentford are the opponents tomorrow and Simon Grayson increasingly looks like a manager who needs to start making some bold calls on his line-up. A 560-mile round trip for Sunderland’s hardcore support this weekend no doubt swelled with a few south-eastern exiles as Brentford pose the next challenge to Simon Grayson’s men. With many calling for a radical refresh of the Black Cats line-up which has won just once this season, it remains that fitness and form issues continue to limit the impact that deadline day signings Jonny Williams, Callum McManaman and Marc Wilson are able to play...
Roker Report Oct 3, 2017
Grayson’s Anatomy: Preston - Was he right to be cautious? Was it his fault we dropped points?

Grayson’s Anatomy: Preston - Was he right to be cautious? Was it his fault we dropped points?

Now that the dust has settled, and the draw at Preston has passed, it’s time to assess the Sunderland manager’s performance. How did he do? Team Selection: Bold With the pressure on Sunderland to succeed having been on such a bad run of form, Simon Grayson opted to select a fairly cautious side for the game at Deepdale. Five changes were made - out went Lamine Kone, Bryan Oviedo, Marc Wilson, Darron Gibson and Callum McManaman, and in came George Honeyman, Lynden Gooch, John O’Shea, Didier Ndong and Tyias Browning. TEAM NEWS | A host of changes for the Black Cats at Deepdale this...
Roker Report Sep 30, 2017
Preston North End 2 - 2 Sunderland: Point gained or two points dropped? Match Report & Player Ratings

Preston North End 2 - 2 Sunderland: Point gained or two points dropped? Match Report & Player Ratings

Was it a case of 1 point gained, or two points dropped as Sunderland emerged from Preston with a draw for their efforts after a frantic second half? Here’s how it went, and how the lad’s rated. Sunderland left Deepdale with a share of the spoils after a tame first half and a mercurial, end-to-end second. Let’s see just how the lads got on... Match Action First Half Simon Grayson made five changes to the side that capitulated in Portman Road on Tuesday night. Lamine Kone, Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Callum McManaman were all relegated to the bench and John O’Shea, Adam...
Roker Report Sep 26, 2017
With two key men likely to still be out, this Sunderland XI will have to do for Ipswich clash

With two key men likely to still be out, this Sunderland XI will have to do for Ipswich clash

Tonight’s Sunderland side to face Ipswich more or less picks itself based on the latest info on who’s available. Sunderland head for Portman Road tonight to face an Ipswich side buoyed by a decent showing at Leeds on Saturday, with new lads Callum McManaman and Jonny Williams still doubtful for the clash. Winger McManaman missed Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Cardiff with a groin problem and Williams was struck down by a bug in the run up to the game. As at yesterday evening, the former was still receiving treatment from the Black Cats medical staff and the latter had barely...
Roker Report Sep 25, 2017
Talking Tactics: Breaking down whatever-the-f**k Sunderland were trying to do on Saturday

Talking Tactics: Breaking down whatever-the-f**k Sunderland were trying to do on Saturday

Where did it go wrong for Sunderland on Saturday from a tactical perspective? Ha - where do we start... Ditching the Plan It only took Simon Grayson half an hour to ditch Sunderland’s latest foray into 3-5-2. In fairness, you could see the logic in using the full backs to create width given that Callum McManaman was ruled out and Aiden McGeady wasn’t fit enough to start. Without any out-and out-wingers, using wing backs like Bryan Oviedo to get up and down the flanks wasn’t exactly the worst idea in the world. But then, things went wrong. As they always do for Sunderland. 4-4-2 - and...

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