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Venue: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Goals: Berahino 54’
The Sam Allardyce era at Sunderland kicks off with a defeat against a former club in which Big Sam was once the assistant manager of. This has now left us nine games without a victory and only three points.
Although some refereeing decisions didn’t go our way, a common theme of this season for us, but their goal was just damn right silly. Pantilimon was unable to collect a Chris Brunt cross whiles under pressure from West Bromwich’s wantaway striker Saido Berahino. It was weak as fuck, I honestly felt embarrassed for the lad.
Dawson should have received his marching orders in the first half, can’t help but imagine if that was Cattermole who committed a similar challenge no doubt he’d be on the receiving end of a red card. However I can’t always blame the ref, the players need to stand up and be counted. Over the course of 38 games, we shouldn’t keep on using the ref as an excuse for our poor displays, but it does play a part in the overall picture of the league table come May.
I don’t want to dwell on the negatives too much because it’s only right to highlight the positives. The back four looked a much more solid and organised unit which is where Big Sam excels in. Had it not been for an individual error we would have come away from The Hawthorns with a point. Our first half performance overall was impressive. Second half wasn’t a complete shambles as some people made it out to be. Had we pressed on, we probably would have won the game.
Next weekend is going to be a massive game. It’s got to be the most important Tyne-Wear derby that there’s ever been in the history of the fixture. Do I think we’ll win? Newcastle play tomorrow against Norwich City and a win may just give them the edge mentally heading into the game. We’ve won the last five derby games, however everything goes out the window whenever a derby game is concerned.
Current league position (out of 20): 19th
Rif’s Man of the Match: Fabio Borini (Sunderland): Worked his socks off today, if he continues to play he did today he’s going to be key for the remaining games this season.
Next game: Newcastle United @ The Stadium of Light (Barclays Premier League)