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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 27, 2017
OPINION: “It’s sad to say, but Simon Grayson looks totally out of his depth at Sunderland”

OPINION: “It’s sad to say, but Simon Grayson looks totally out of his depth at Sunderland”

“For me, it’s thanks, but no thanks, Mr. Grayson”, says James Copley. Upon his initial appointment, I was impressed by Simon Grayson. He talked a good game and attempted to publicly heal the wounds of relegation by preaching understanding and solidarity. His handling of the Darron Gibson PR gaff was impressive. Similarly, the way Grayson managed to lift the team following the 5-0 Celtic drubbing provided much cause for optimism. Above all, Grayson gave the impression that he desperately wanted to be at Sunderland, he saw the club as a step up in his managerial career; it seemed like...

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