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Roker Report Dec 10, 2017
Roker Rapport Podcast: Episode #53 - Talking Wolves, Bally, and Cattermole’s future

Roker Rapport Podcast: Episode #53 - Talking Wolves, Bally, and Cattermole’s future

Joining us in the studio this week is Luke Ball, son of Kevin, as we mull over Saturday’s draw at Wolves, the decline of Lee Cattermole, and Kevin Ball’s current role at the club. Join us - you can hear this week’s show on iTunes, Acast and Youtube. What are we talking about this week? Wolves - good result? Coleman’s tactics and how well executed they were; The importance of the young players; Lee Cattermole’s moment of madness & where he goes from here; Kevin Ball - his current role at the club and, in Luke’s own words, what it’s like being the son of a Sunderland...
Roker Report Dec 10, 2017
Quick Kicks: Was that Lee Cattermole’s lowest ever moment in a Sunderland shirt?

Quick Kicks: Was that Lee Cattermole’s lowest ever moment in a Sunderland shirt?

In today’s Quick Kicks we are mulling over the key talking points coming out of yesterday’s draw at Wolves. Cattermole’s worst day? Would I be going too far in saying that yesterday’s showing from Lee Cattermole - one that ultimately ended when he was sent off after picking up two stupid yellow cards in quick succession - was perhaps his worst ever since arriving at Sunderland many years ago? If ever a performance defined just how far a man who was once a crowd favourite has fallen, it was this one. It was easier to defend Cattermole’s on-field stupidity when he was younger, but...
Roker Report Dec 9, 2017
Wolves 0-0 Sunderland: Mackems resilient despite Cattermole’s stupidity; Player Ratings & Report

Wolves 0-0 Sunderland: Mackems resilient despite Cattermole’s stupidity; Player Ratings & Report

Sunderland gave a fantastic team performance when down to ten men in order to pick up a point and clean sheet against table-toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers. Here’s how it went, and how the lads rated. Sunderland battled to a draw this afternoon in Wolverhampton, despite going down to ten men after Lee Cattermole was sent off in the second half after picking up two yellow cards in a matter of minutes. It was a fantastic team effort and youngsters Tyias Browning, Lynden Gooch and George Honeyman all stood out in what was a resolute and well executed team performance from Chris Coleman’s...
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 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 21, 2017
The Big Match Preview: Aston Villa v Sunderland; this is a massive game, Coleman takes his bow

The Big Match Preview: Aston Villa v Sunderland; this is a massive game, Coleman takes his bow

It’s Chris Coleman’s first game in charge of Sunderland - and it’s a huge one. Fifth-placed Villa play host to bottom club Sunderland in the Championship tonight in Chris Coleman’s first game in charge of the visitors. The new Black Cats boss begins his tenure with something of an injury crisis to deal with, as at least seven first team players are ruled out. Lamine Kone, Billy Jones, Duncan Watmore, Paddy McNair, Marc Wilson and Jonny Williams are all out with fitness issues, whilst Lee Cattermole is suspended. Didier Ndong is expected to travel with the squad after returning to...