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Roker Report Dec 4, 2017
Cutting the Mustard: How did Chris Coleman do when we took on Reading at the weekend?

Cutting the Mustard: How did Chris Coleman do when we took on Reading at the weekend?

Chris Coleman was shown the enormity of his task at hand on Saturday afternoon after an all too familiar Sunderland mistake-ridden collapse handed the visitors all three points. Team Selection: Understandable but mixed Chris Coleman planned to send out an unchanged lineup from the one that defeated Burton Albion last week for the game against Reading. However, Paddy McNair picked up an injury in the warm-up and thus was replaced by Darron Gibson for the game. This was the only change and an enforced one, and in theory, Coleman was right in making so few changes to avoid disrupting a...
Roker Report Dec 1, 2017
Let’s put our differences with Sunderland’s players aside and get behind them this Saturday

Let’s put our differences with Sunderland’s players aside and get behind them this Saturday

Midfielders George Honeyman and Darron Gibson praised Sunderland fans after last weekend’s win at Burton - and now its time for us to do all we can to help the lads end their home hoodoo. Sunderland are about to play a home game with fans and players both in a positive mood in what feels like the first time in a calendar year. Chris Coleman has displayed the passion and desire fans have been yearning for and confidence appears to be creeping back into the changing room and the terraces. That makes Saturday’s game against Reading a perfect opportunity for Sunderland fans to come out in...
Roker Report Nov 27, 2017
Cutting the Mustard: How did Chris Coleman rate after Saturday’s victory over Burton Albion?

Cutting the Mustard: How did Chris Coleman rate after Saturday’s victory over Burton Albion?

Team selection, tactics, substitutions and post-match comments - we rate them all. Here’s how Sunderland’s new manager fared when we took on Burton Albion on Saturday. Team Selection: Vindicated? Chris Coleman made just two changes to the side that faced Aston Villa in midweek, replacing Lynden Gooch and Darron Gibson with the incoming Paddy McNair and Lee Cattermole. I have to be honest, I was slightly taken aback by the changes made as Gooch and Gibson were two of Sunderland’s better performers at Villa Park, but I suppose that the sense behind the decision to bring in Cattermole...
Roker Report Nov 26, 2017
Quick Kicks: Coleman’s subs were quality, & the clean sheet will give us immense confidence

Quick Kicks: Coleman’s subs were quality, & the clean sheet will give us immense confidence

In our post-Burton Albion edition of Quick Kicks we take a look at the main talking points coming away from the victory yesterday at the Pirelli Stadium. Coleman’s changes did the biz The best thing about yesterday’s performance and result was the changes that Chris Coleman made late in the game, and the impact that those players then had. Our system changed to more of a 4-4-2 and Coleman took off players that weren’t performing. Darron Gibson, James Vaughan and Joel Asoro gave us an edge over Burton and when we had chances, we were clinical. Darron Gibson in particular was...
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 20, 2017
Taking Stock: Reflecting on Sunderland’s draw with Millwall - the good, the bad and the Ruiter

Taking Stock: Reflecting on Sunderland’s draw with Millwall - the good, the bad and the Ruiter

A new broom has swept into the Stadium of Light but what did we learn from Robbie Stockdale’s final game in charge at the weekend? Robbie’s Team Selection - Attacking, effective, unfortunate For the Millwall game, Robbie Stockdale made three changes from the horrendous side he put out for the Tees-Wear derby, with Duncan Watmore, Jonny Williams and Adam Matthews replacing Didier Ndong, Darron Gibson and Billy Jones respectively. Stockdale announced in his pre-match press conference that Jones will be unavailable for selection for a month, after picking up an injury and being...