true faith : (TIFOSI – Sunderland (h))

by • February 2, 2014 • Match reportsComments (12)954

I don’t even know where to begin to be honest. We were SteveFarrelloutclassed from start to finish by an absolutely rank side. They’re awful but we made them look like a semi competent side. One again Pardew was out-managed by Poyet. He cannot buy a win against him. I’m hard pushed to give anyone more than 4 out of 10. Maybe Sammy but he was hauled off at half time. The void left by Remy, Coloccini, Gouffran and Cabaye was there for all to see. It was simply dreadful.

You know what one of the worst things are about this? It’s the fact that I’m now not even that bothered. Going back a few years I’d have been in a huff for a week – but I’m just very apathetic about this. It seems to have been happening to me over the last year or so. Maybe I’m just becoming more level headed in my old age – or maybe it’s the buffoons running our club that is making me feel so far removed from the place. Whatever it is – it’s very strange being so unmoved by a derby defeat. It’s even stranger that I’m going to continue paying the best part of £500 a year to watch something that doesn’t bother me…


The year is 2014 and we started a football match today with 2 SimonCampbellAmeobis up front. If we didn’t score first, winning this game was going to be near impossible. We were missing 4 of our 5 best players this season. The players we had left put in a shite performance and the substitutes we had available are not match fit or very good. Ridiculous challenge to gift them a pen and the game was over for us. 

There is little to be gained from discussing the performance further. It needs to be forgotten fast. I fear for Pardew as I said this week there will be a significant number of fans this season that just won’t forgive him for this. We played heinously today but he had very little to choose from today. Effort levels were unacceptable though. 

Yohan Cabaye’s absence was disgustingly obvious today. You have to go back to 30th November to find a game where a player who started today scored for us, Sissoko’s winner against West Brom. That’s the last 12 goals we scored from players who were not available for selection for this game. We also miss the presence of a few characters like Jonas and Colo instead of the mindless moron that is Steven Taylor. 

Take some pride in the fact that we are still comfortably 8th despite a horrid run of luck and results. We will finish in the right half of the table, a feat that the unwashed have managed only twice in 30+ years. 

That’s all I can think of to leave on a positive note. Last time we lost to this lot we responded by winning 7 in 9. It will take something similar for this to be forgotten. I’d still rather be where we are and lose a couple of derbies than be any of the clubs in the bottom half of the table. It’s just the Mackems. Most of their fans won’t go to any more games this season. We can still achieve something if we don’t lose our minds. Perspective is everything.


If anything summed up United’s performance today, it was the sight of a bedraggled, 

Man wearing ski maskpissed supporter in a ‘Whey-Aye Man’ costume stumbling from beneath the perma-shadows of Eldon Square bus station long after the echoes of he final whistle and he songs of sunderland had dissipated into the freezing air. Pardew will be quick to blame the supporters; their songs saturated by w*n*a clackerboards, the absence of chairman and director of football from the last game of any credence for those like you and I who love our club. From the first to the last moment of this game, not one player gave the home crowd anything to be proud of in the derby. The game plan was ‘hoof it to Shola’ or ‘give it to Ben Afra who’ll take on seven men on his own then find no one’s bothered to get in the box’ This game had nothing to do with the sale of Cabaye, it smacked of a team with no passion, no plan and no leader. As much as it hurts to say, sunderland were the better team today, yet again. We all know what the score was; what we should know is that none of our lot tested their keeper, save for a Tiote long-range effort at 2-0 down. ‘Get out of our club’ all you like, it doesn’t disguise the lack of passion, depth or tactics displayed today.


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12 Responses to true faith : (TIFOSI – Sunderland (h))

  1. jimmyg says:

    No ambition, no passion, no clue. I just don’t understand what our clubs owners and director of football want. We have some good players but no great players. Shola, ben arfa, Taylor are not good enough. Parser could only play what we had, until we get better players and a director of football who does something and an owner who admits that we are just a free advertising hoarding for his chav gear we a adrift in the wilderness.

  2. Steve says:

    What a load of bitter nonsense some people write.

    NUFC’s team of overrated ‘internationals’ were completely outplayed and made to look as bad as they really are by a good SAFC side.

    Pick your dummies up and live with it.

    • Michael says:


      As a long suffering supporter, I could not agree more with your comments. We were not only completely outplayed, but out thought, on and off the field.

      What really annoyed me was that “Anita” (judging by his facial expression and attitude) could not have cared less when he gave the penalty away.

      I also believe there is no discipline or passionin the team or the club, if I was manager I would have fined Remy by deducting his wages for the games he will miss by getting an unwarranted Red Card at Norwich.

      Sunderland showed passion and commitment and fully deserved this 3rd win a row.

      Good Luck to them.

  3. Jezza says:

    I’ve supoported this God forsaken football club for 40 years and despite most of that period having been characterised by unrelenting misery and suffering, it has never got worse than this. I thought Westwood, Seymour, McKeag and Fat Fred were bad chairmen, I thought Dinnis, charlton, Souness and Allardyce, to name a few, were bad managers but by Christ anything would be better than the set up we’ve got running the club and first team now.

  4. Tony says:

    That’s how bizarre and frustrating the whole thing is Jezza. Most of us agree with you, BUT WE’RE 8TH. 8th in one of the best leagues in the world. We should be ecstatic. But we’ve hardly ever been further from a trophy. Even lower league teams have a chance of silverware (or more likely poor Premiership ones). We’re avoiding the cups. And the truly big teams are more awesome than ever, much better than most international teams, so we wont rise above them. It leaves us looking forward to, eh, nothing. So in that respect you are completely right in what you say. Unacceptable.

  5. John Bains says:

    NUFC are 8th in the Premier Division because of the lack of talent in theteams below them – not because of the ability in the players they have.

    • Tony says:

      Wouldn’t disagree with the principle of that John. But if they’re worse than us then, eh, we’re better than them. So even if we’re not world beaters we should have a maximum seven teams ahead of us better fancied for silverware. BUT WE DON’T. Even locally, Middlesbrough got a trophy less than ten years back, Sunderland are off to Wembley.

      Slightly further afield, Wigan have something recent in their trophy cabinet. It’s preposterous to think you can’t maintain Premiership status AND try to bag a cup. Not win the league, a domestic cup and try to go a long way in the Champions League. Just finish tenth in the Prem’ AND have a decent cup run, preferably resulting in a final.

      Yes, it’s a tough, competitive league. But I certainly don’t think maintaining the status if you shun all other ambitions is that worthy of praise. We’re a decent sized club, we have resources that are large outside of the super-rich elite. Presumably there are still some players, particularly decent ones from foreign league,s who wouldn’t mind playing for us. We should be able to do a Sunderland if we avoid the Etihad and Emirates in early rounds. Whatever happened to the belief that a good cup run can energise a club ! For the record I’d rather be in our league position than Sunderland’s, OBVIOUSLY. But I don’t think they’ll go down so they’ll have had two semi-finals and a Wembley date for little Premiership expense.

      And when you look at the FA Cup draw and the fact Man U are already out, what a bloody sorry state of affairs it all looks.

  6. Peter Shearer says:

    Please stop going to the games! It is all we can do to protect our sanity and the long-term interest of our club. Do something different or nothing will change! I will take anything-as long as we get rid of this regime.

    • Jonathan Gibson - Amery says:

      Peter, you’re wasting you’re breath; the morons, headed by the editor of this rag with the slogan of “support the team not the regime” & suchlike garbage, are not prepared to make the sacrifice common sense dictates.

      No, week in & week out they’ll trot up to Mr Ashley’s emporium, wearing their Wongo shirts, scoffing pies, beer, soft drinks` & indeed any merchandise the said Ashley chooses to make available. Then whinge when things inevitably go wrong as they must with the current trading policy in place.

      For confirmation read the contribution of the moron Stephen Farrell hereabove.

      This moron learnt his lessen when Ashley & cohorts stood up in court & used lying to the supporters as a defence to Kevin Keegan’s charges. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me…

  7. “But we’ve hardly ever been further from a trophy”
    Tony, this statement is absolutely spot on. I mean, imagine if Liedue was sacked and Ashley and Kinnear were interviewing for a new manager…
    Candidate; “I’m ambitious and would love to bring success and a trophy to this club”.
    Ashley and Kinnear shuffle uncomfortably in their seats..
    “okay thanks, we’ll be in touch”
    As the candidate leaves Ashley whispers to Kinnear, “you can cross his name off Joe, he’ll be taking liberties in no time”.

  8. STEPHEN says:

    8th , 16th who gives a f..k, who’ll remember in 2 years time.

    Pardew is to blame for the Remy situation, he should not have been playing in a meaningless fkin league game against a weak Norwich team. If it had been a cup tie half the fkin team would have been left out but no Pardew wanted 3 meaningless points and an even more meaningless boost to our goal difference and his fkin ego.

  9. Tom Bates says:

    Not sure we’re comfortably 8th, i think we’re a point above Southampton with a worse goal difference. And everyone delighted with 8th is missing the point of football, midtable means nothing, winning or cup or trying to would mean something. If you thin 8th or 9th is mission accomplished you have been brainwashed by Sky and Pardew, Ashley etc. We have no other cup games to distract us and have been injury free most of the season so I would expect to be top half