On the face of it, Pierre Ekwah seems to tick a lot of boxes for us and the response from West Ham United fans at his departure seems to hint at another genuine talent heading north from the East End, following that of Aji Alese last summer. Upon his unveiling as a Sunderland player, he described himself as a ‘number eight who carries the ball’, and at twenty one, he fits the profile of our squad perfectly. Long-term, Ekwah could be a replacement for Corry Evans, and this shows that we’re conducting our business very smartly. Never in my time supporting this club have we placed so much faith in young players. Welcome to Sunderland, Pierre.
Share All sharing options for: Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 2-4 Burnley - Tale of two halves as Burnley come back to winAnthony Patterson: 6/10Not sure he should have jumped out like he did for the first goal, second was difficult due to the two Burnley plays attacking it in front of him and no chance with the final two. Luke O’Nien: 6/10Didn’t react to the ball coming back into his area for the first goal, allowing Tella to head in. Danny Batth: 7/10Comfortably saw off Ashley Barnes, who was subbed at half-time, and was solid all game. Corry Evans: 6/10Controlled the game in the first half but lost that control in the second, lost his man at the corner for Burnley’s first goal. Abdoullah Ba: 6/10Put Neil in a bit of trouble with a pass before the fourth but couldn’t get involved in the game.3 months ago Roker Report
Anthony Patterson: 7/10Made one massive save in the second half, his first of the game at that point, to keep it at 1-1. Lynden Gooch: 7/10Defended well and put in some good crosses that went to waste with no one attacking them. Dennis Cirkin: 6/10Went off after pulling up in the second half, not tested defensively while he was on the pitch. Ross Stewart: 7/10Was so unlucky for the Blackburn goal when he defended the free kick but his header immediately hit Cirkin and rebounded off himself. Ellis Simms: 7/10Came on and was a willing runner but showed great feet for the winner with such a clever finish to clinch all three points.1 month ago Roker Report
Sunday 23rd October 2022Sunderland AFC Women v London City LionessesFA Women’s ChampionshipEppleton CW Ground, Hetton-le-Hole, SunderlandKick-Off: 12:00Tickets & Match CoverageTickets: Adults £7, Over 65 £3.50, Kids and Students £1 available hereProgramme: This week’s edition of R&W is available to view online now. Podcast: Roker Report’s Lasses Podcast Live will be broadcast, as usual, live on Twitter Spaces from 8-9pm BST next Monday. London City Lionesses are a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a conundrum. Whether they’re capable of truly challenging the likes of Bristol City for the title this season remains to be seen. London City Lionesses - W-W-D-W-LSecond in the league and coming off a 5-0 hammering of bottom-of-the-pile Coventry United.3 months ago Roker Report
On the 23rd October 1991, Denis Smith finally ended a three-year chase to sign Republic of Ireland international John Byrne. I know Denis Smith and Viv Busby from my York City days and I am sure they are capable of getting Sunderland back into the First Division. I have played for QPR but I would always say that Sunderland are a bigger club. This is probably the fourth time Denis Smith has tried to sign me. The fact that Sunderland FA Cup hero, Ian Porterfield, was now the manager of the Blues which gave the tie an extra edge.3 months ago Roker Report
Share All sharing options for: On This Day (21 Oct 1992): Three linked as Crosby searches for experienced midfield additionsAs soon as it became clear Sunderland captain and stalwart Paul Bracewell was heading up the road to join the Keegan bandwagon, Malcolm Crosby set about searching for a worthy replacement. On this day 30 years ago, four players were linked with a move to Roker, and the first was Sheffield Wednesday’s Danny Wilson. 32-year-old Wilson was playing top-flight football with the Owls, after making his name with Brighton and Luton Town. The second player linked was Wolves’ Paul Cook – with a fee of £750,000 reportedly having been agreed upon. He was linked with Sunderland quite a lot during his career, and at 25 years old, Cook would have been a superb signing.3 months ago Roker Report
Share All sharing options for: On This Day (28 October 2006): Keano pushes Parky to the brink as Wallace sinks the TigersSome of my favourite-ever away days came during the 2006/07 season. Booked early on, which meant he’d miss the final should they get there, Keane played a blinder. We went into games, especially away games, full of confidence – however that had been dented by a couple of heavy defeats at Ipswich and Preston. When he’d scored the winner on his Sunderland debut at Derby, he whipped his shirt off in celebration and received a yellow. He did the same today, but unfortunately he’d already go one yellow for dissent, and the shirt removal made it two.3 months ago Roker Report
Share All sharing options for: On This Day (27 Oct 2007): ‘Super’ Kenwyne Jones rescues a point for Sunderland against Fulham! On the half hour mark, Fulham took the lead through a Davies free kick - and what a free kick it was. As the whistle blew, it was hoped and expected that Keane would tear into the players and that they would respond in the second half, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. This dismissal, the second of his Sunderland career, ultimately spelled the end of his torrid time at the club after only eleven games. But I thought we showed great character and we dominated the second half, particularly after going down to ten men, and we were unfortunate not to win.3 months ago Roker Report