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Roker Report Dec 12, 2017
Cutting the Mustard: How did Sunderland gaffer Coleman do against Wolves on Saturday?

Cutting the Mustard: How did Sunderland gaffer Coleman do against Wolves on Saturday?

Team selection, tactics, substitutions and post-match comments - now that the dust has settled, we analyse them all! How did Chris Coleman rate after we managed a draw away at Wolves at the weekend? Team Selection - Turning-Point Chris Coleman made three changes in terms of personnel to the side that lost 3-1 against Reading. Lynden Gooch, Donald Love and Marc Wilson replaced Callum McManaman, Bryan Ovideo and Aiden McGeady. However, it wasn’t the changes to personnel which were vital here, but our system. A 3-4-3 system was Coleman’s favoured as Wales manager, and he adapted this to...
Roker Report Dec 3, 2017
Quick Kicks: Regardless of McManaman’s sending off, Sunderland were not good enough

Quick Kicks: Regardless of McManaman’s sending off, Sunderland were not good enough

Sunderland were embarrassing after Callum McManaman’s dismissal just before half time - Chris Coleman, if he didn’t already know it, has his work cut out with this team. Ten men no excuse for second half surrender The game’s defining moment was Callum McManaman’s sending off, there’s no denying that, but football is filled with examples of teams fighting and being resilient when reduced to ten men. Sunderland were pathetic from minute one of the second half. Once Reading realised how brittle we were they cut us open with ease - our late flurry when the Royals eased off in the...
Roker Report Dec 2, 2017
Sunderland 1-3 Reading: McManaman balls-up proves costly - Player Ratings & Match Report

Sunderland 1-3 Reading: McManaman balls-up proves costly - Player Ratings & Match Report

A decent opening interval was fatalistically followed by a disastrous second after Callum McManaman got himself sent off at the end of the first forty-five. Here’s how it went, as well as how the lads rated. Sunderland’s long win-less run at the Stadium of Light continued today after they were comfortably beaten 3-1 by visitors Reading. Sunderland started the first half with a clear-cut game plan and system, but ended it with the wheels coming loose when Callum McManaman picked up his second yellow just before the break. From then onward, it went just how you’d expect it to. Here are...
Roker Report Dec 1, 2017
Coleman to spring surprise inclusion for visit of Reading? Sunderland should line up like this

Coleman to spring surprise inclusion for visit of Reading? Sunderland should line up like this

Could Joel Asoro be rewarded for the impact he made at Burton with a start tomorrow against Reading? Chris Coleman has spent much of this week talking up the prospects of Sunderland youngster Joel Asoro and with a “if they’re good enough, they’re old enough” mentality ahead of Saturday’s visit from Reading, will the 18-year-old be unleashed on Jaap Stam’s side? It feels like Asoro has a shot and with Callum McManaman failing to find much in the way of an end product in recent games, the Swedish U21 international could be rewarded for the impact he made against Burton with a...
Roker Report Nov 23, 2017
Cutting the Mustard: Analysing Chris Coleman’s first game in charge of Sunderland

Cutting the Mustard: Analysing Chris Coleman’s first game in charge of Sunderland

Chris Coleman led Sunderland for the first time at Villa Park on Tuesday night. Despite the defeat, his long-term vision was evident, and our performance was auspicious. Here’s how the Welshman fared. Team Selection - Enforced, but promising Chris Coleman made five changes in his first game in charge of Sunderland, with Ty Browning, Darron Gibson, George Honeyman, Lynden Gooch and Callum McManaman coming in for Marc Wilson, Lee Cattermole, Paddy McNair, Jonny Williams and Duncan Watmore respectively. Wilson, Williams and Watmore all came off injured in the preceding game at home to...
Roker Report Nov 13, 2017
Opinion: Sunderland must stop focusing on defence and embrace an attacking identity

Opinion: Sunderland must stop focusing on defence and embrace an attacking identity

Whoever Sunderland’s next manager is, he must embrace the fact that we have so many decent attacking players if he is to succeed where so many others have failed. One of the most frustrating aspects of Simon Grayson’s short-lived tenure on Wearside was his failure to take advantage of the talent he had at his disposal. Especially after the summer transfer window shut, when Callum McManaman and Jonny Williams joined up with the Red and White Army. Sunderland, whilst painfully lacking depth up front, have for the most part since September had the talent and the potential to produce an...