Sullivan’s Black Cats verdict


Cheerful sullyDavid Sullivan has delivered his verdict on the Sunderland victory declaring:”Overall we were the better team but it wasn’t a memorable performance.”

Speaking in the vastly improved official website’s ‘From the Boardroom’ column he said: “The defence is weakened and so is the midfield.

“We’re also missing one of our best forwards in Enner Valencia, so for me if we had Valencia and Winston Reid playing it would make all the difference.

“It would then release Kouyate to midfield and allows Valencia to partner Sakho up front. Sakho runs relentlessly but on his own doesn’t have the impact he has when Valencia is running with him. With just those two players we’d have a totally different team.

“Sakho is probably one of the best headers in the division but all of his headers are going just wide at the moment. But when his chance came in the dying minutes he took it and that’s what a good striker does to get his team the three points. He steadied himself and made it looks easy, which it certainly wasn’t.

At the other end I also thought we defended very well. Collins was outstanding and Kouyate did well considering he was out of position. We need to get back in the habit of keeping clean sheets again and hopefully Saturday can be the start of a lean period for opposing strikers.”


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Sullivan’s Black Cats verdict

  1. Yeah Collins was immense in the second half.Interesting fact i saw yesterday.With Collins in the team we avg 1.6pts per game,without him 1.0pt per game.Never underestimate the power of The Ginge 😀

  2. This year Ginge has been very good when played surely if you play well you keep your place until you deserve to be dropped ?
    That’s another problem if we give Poyet,Oxford and Nene a chance we might find our problems go away,
    For the rest of the season Nolan,O,Brien and,Jarvis should not play as they have had there chance and blown it,
    We need to prepare for next season and these players should not be part of our squad.

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