Have a good holiday don.
Sunderland 3 Rovers 1.
Maquis rowe 26.
DONCASTER 3 Accrington 0.
Marquis marosi 26.
Shud b in attendance at both games.
1-1, Marquis, 34226 at Sunderland
3-1 Rowe, Marquis, 8226 against Accrington.
3.1victory to the mighty Ziggers, Marquis/Wilks to tear their back four to bits. Crowd, 32123.
Accrington, 4 nil, Whiteman first goal, Marquis if he doesn't start crowd 8007
Paul Goodwin and an equally fair-minded Sunderland blogger sum up what lies ahead. PG goes for a draw against the home town club he still supports, providing a very good appraisal of our current strengths and his interviewer fancies Rovers for a win, but hopes he’s wrong...
Interesting podcast - Thank you Donaldo. A t the best, I think we will get a draw, but ever the optimist, Sunderland 1 Rovers 2; if Whiteman starts allowing Kane to play a more attacking role, Kane to score, otherwise Marquis. Their crowds have covered a large range, topping out at 46,000+ against Bradford on Boxing Day. I'll guess at 35,090.
Sunderland 1-2 Rovers, Kane with the first goal, Marquis with the second. Crowd of 32,345.
Rivers 3-0 Accrington. Wilks, Marquis, Coppinger, 7845.
Sunderland 2-3 Rovers Wilks 36789
2-0 Sunderland crowd 33333
Sunnerland 2-1 Rovers
Marquis to score
Happy to be wrong with the score.
A slice of fortune with the late, late Fleetwood equaliser but then the wake up call. True, our passing was nowhere near as good as it has been but over 90 minutes, even towards the end when Sunderland were taking a breather, they were first to almost every ball. They did to us what we have spent all season doing unto others. They gave us no time. McGeady was sensational, and the first goal was text-book. The second was down to a Marosi error but to be fair had they not scored it we would still not have won. True, Marqis was fouled on the edge of the area early on and later Butler was clearly fouled in the area by Ozturk - neither of which the ref noticed, but these were scraps. Poor John Marquis ran his socks off yet again, but got no service. He actually played the best pass of the game himself - across to Blair in space but Blair hesitated when in a good position and the ball was taken off him. You might have thought that after 80 mins the messages would have arrived - they won't give you a second - hit it/pass it/cross it! On to Tuesday.
Managed to watch most of first half and Sunderland won the tactical battle. McCann was absolutely right - we took no risks - sideways, backwards, unproductive possession, but Sunderland also showed that extra skill that proved decisive.
Our overall play was good.
In the final third we were poor.
Blair was probably our best player over the 90mins
Marosi mistake no doubt.
McCann played Whiteman when he was not ready ready and May is not good enough.
The ref was worse than shocking.
No comment hound....?? Sorry thats football no happy hour in Guisbough tonight
Just got back from a sunny Newcastle, well, what can you say. Bullied, out fought, rabbits in the headlights.
For me, to many players went missing when it mattered. Marquis never had a sniff, Copps n Wilks where taken out the game, Blair, felt sorry for him.
Ref? An absolute vv anker.
Highlight for me was chatting to their chairman in the "fan zone" before the game. He was walking round drinking with the fans, having loads of photos taken, being a bit like a young John Ryan 😀
He told us, two of their players cost more in wages than the total cost of players at any team in this league. He said that's with a 40% drop in wages after they left the premier league.
He said we have an amazing board who put millions into our club every year just to survive, told us they dont have to but do it with their own money. We should be thankful as they were very nice, genuine people who are very well thought of throughout the entire football system.
Sometimes you have to hear it from outside your circle to believe it.
True, we weren’t at it at Sunderland, especially in the first half.
At this point it is fair to mention the performance of Andy Woolmer.
If he gives the free kick for the foul on Marquis early on then Sunderland wouldn’t have gone straight upfield and scored.
A game changing moment very early on.
That allowed them to gain confidence and settle into their defensive style of play.
The second goal came about when a Marosi made an error of judgement which all keepers do, even the great DeGea as against Barcelona.
After that we always likely to lose the game.
Andrew almost got us back into it though with another great free kick that hit the post.
Lots of players struggled to pass the ball in the first half and Copps and Whiteman were probably the worst, along with Andrew.
After the break we played much better but without much penetration and I can only think of the May chance that the keeper saved.
However, how was the foul on Butler not given as a penalty.
The idiot Woolmer had told the players he was watching them and then did nothing about it.
As clear a pen as you will ever see.
If we score it then at 2-1 with twenty minutes to go, anything could have happened.
With Barnsley and Portsmouth having won earlier in the day, Sunderland would have been edgy and we might have snatched a point.
People say that bad refereeing doesn’t make a team play badly but it does have an effect on the outcome of matches.
Mick Russel anyone?
If it makes anyone feel any better, the Peterborough faithful have more or less given up on the play-offs. Certainly if Rovers faced what they have to come, we might well do the same, even from our current 6th.
It looks odds on well make the playoffs. However I dont think we are quite ready for the championship even in the very unlikely event we win the play offs. A better season than most people thought last August though. i still live in Hope.
Hound i see that JR had complained about Mr Wooler twice on the past.
He was shocking.
He gave almost everything to them.
Listening to Sunderland fans on the way out they were quite complementary about us.
No such thing as poetic justice...but, if there was, Peterborough taking two points off Sunderland in injury time might come close. Not good for them but not too bad for us. Coventry will need to win their remaining two games while we get nothing from our last three. With our superior goal difference Posh need to get four points more than us out of the last nine points in play. In our hands.
Lanza, I knew JR had complained at least once and probably very justified.
Woolmer is so obviously biased against us that I feel sure he is somehow giving decisions against us with that in mind.
He has to be because no one could really be that bad.
Rovers to win 3-0 marquis crowd7321
Interesting starting changes - I worry when Copps is not even on the bench. I'll go with Rovers 2 Accrington 1, and it is about time Mr. Miss-hit Marquis scored again, so I'll go with him. 7878 to see us go 6 points clear.
Pompey's games seem to be key to where teams will finish - they probably have the toughest run-in. Dingles may be feeling too comfortable because of it. If Pompey take out Sunderland and Peterborough it seems we will play the Dingles.
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Rovers 3-1 Accrington
Marquis to score,