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  1. Martin Interview

    hi all Chrissy is a true pro and a true Ram. He could have jumped ship but didn't. He could have thrown a strop but didn't. Competition for places is always good, and IF we go up it will get harder not easier. He brings certain things on the pitch that no one else does and above all he is unselfish, always laying the ball off to others rather than going for glory and goals himself. The mix of Chrissy, Winnall, Vydra and Nugent is surely one of the best in the league. With firepower like that we should be unbeaten in 7 games! Really looking forward to today and to possibly being 3rd or 4th by 5pm! COYR!!! LR2
  2. Zak Brunt - Academy kid

    hi all A parent with no professional expertise who obviously doesn't read a contract before signing it managing his own child, what could possibly go wrong? LOL If another club wants him badly enough they will be prepared to pay what DCFC are quite legitimately asking for. It's not the amount, it's the principle. Seems to me that papa thought he could outsmart a system run by professionals who have constant access to legal advice. He was wrong. The words 'bite', 'hand' and 'feeds' spring to mind... LR2
  3. Rowett didn't bounce.

    hi all What the graph proves is what we already knew about GR - that he would bring greater consistency but less flair, although the last two results have turned that assumption upside down at the moment, that we'd be (usually) harder to beat but also less easy on the eye, and that we'd become more like Huddersfield and less like Leicester. 1.5 points per game will give us 69 in May i.e. just below the playoffs as per usual, and where Brum were when they sacked him. I don't care about a 'bounce' but I would like GR to sort out the complacency that cost us 3 points the other day. I sometimes wonder what happens to some players, or what being here does to them. Christie on TV the other day sending a pinpoint cross into the box for Boro, so why didn't he do that for us? Ince playing well for Hudd, why was he so hit and miss with us? Hendrick holding down a place in a PL side when with us he was a bit part player. Is it the managerial changes that have seemingly made us unable to get the best out of these guys? If it's not that then what is it? Having said all that, the Hull game was very special, best display for a few years, all we need now is to produce that quality most weeks and maybe things will happen. COYR! LR2
  4. Hughes on loan?

    Not ours in ownership terms I agree, but similar things have happened before, usually with bigger clubs than Watford or Hudds. On the evidence of the Sunderland game we haven't yet got players in who can do what those two used to do, which means either a complete change in style or some attempt to bring in people to add a bit of class. I used to watch Will Hughes struggle, and sometimes succeed, to bring a dull game to life and provide that bit of magic that he sometimes can. There were also times when he seemed to be almost the only one on the pitch who actually gave a damn. Emotionally I'd argue that he'll always be 'ours' in that we discovered and developed him, just as we did Tom H, whose return I agree is very welcome. Tom Ince is a different case I admit but I still think that if the same scenario were to occur at Hudds I'd have him back on loan, even for a month, unless we can sign or discover someone who could deliver what he gave us (albeit fitfully). COYR!
  5. Hughes on loan?

    hi all Watching Watford right now and our Will hasn't even made the match day 18, what a waste! Which got me thinking...can we get him back on a short term loan to keep him sharp? Also, what if the same thing happens to our Tom at Huddersfield? Thoughts people?
  6. Sunderland v Derby County - Match day thread

    Positives - Carson won us the point with that amazing save, best in the league IMO, back 4 did OK although nervy at times, Keogh led by example, Huddlestone was MOTM for me with some great touches and box to box commitment, Vydra looked sharp when he came on. Negatives - too many similar players up top, Weimann blew his chance to impress, Russell huffed & puffed, Butters/Martin/Johnson underperformed for me. We got a point BUT if we are promo contenders with a supposedly settled/experienced team who mostly know each other against a makeshift relegated low budget supposedly low morale side then we should have been able to find a way to get all 3 IMO. If it's a 4231 then maybe try Huddlestone/Bryson as the 2 then Russell/Nugent/Anya with Vydra up top? On that evidence we are a top 10 side but not top 6...yet... I assume he'll give some of the players who didn't feature last night a run on Tuesday to see if someone emerges as a possible solution to last night's many issues... COYR!!!
  7. Sunderland v Derby County - Match day thread

    Bryson for Russell
  8. Sunderland v Derby County - Match day thread

    Nugent for Martin
  9. Sunderland v Derby County - Match day thread

    Vydra on for Weimann
  10. Sunderland v Derby County - Match day thread

    Workmanlike yes...the forecasts that show us finishing 9th again look about right sadly thus far...surprised how fragile we look for such an experienced and costly back 4...the front 3 are getting deeper and deeper in pursuit of the ball...our goal was class though and unlike theirs wasn't a fluky undeserved penalty...Bryson on for Butters anyone? Vydra for Weimann? What would you do?
  11. Sunderland v Derby County - Match day thread

    We can't have Forest being top at the end of tonight...noooooooooooooo...
  12. Sunderland v Derby County - Match day thread

    We do have what it takes to win this, but the surprising fragility at the back leads me to the conclusion that right now I would take a point...
  13. Sunderland v Derby County - Match day thread

    If that's a penalty, every game should have about 6 of them...
  14. Sunderland v Derby County - Match day thread

    Nooooo we don't want the Huddlestone Afro back,,,the smart hair is symbolic IMO...new season, GR probably asking them to look professional, small things but they can make a difference psychologically I reckon...Tom H played worse the longer his hair became IMO...LOL...
  15. Sunderland v Derby County - Match day thread

    Sunderland on the other hand...N'Dong? WTF do you call THAT hair?

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