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Sunderland

Player News - Sunderland

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Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal.

Wickham was in the final season of the four-year contract he signed on his arrival from Ipswich for £8.1m in June 2011 and had been linked to moves to West Ham and Newcastle back in the summer, but this deal ends all speculation. The 21-year-old was key to Sunderland's survival last season and has scored three times this campaign, establishing himself as a regular first team player. "I think it was very important to tie down a young English centre forward as there are not many around," said Black Cars boss Gus Poyet. "This shows clearly the way this football club wants to progress."
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 10 - 6:35 AM

Jozy Altidore started against Liverpool, but managed zero shots.

Altidore has played a total of 152 minutes in eight appearances off the bench through the first 14 games of the season, but got the start and played 70 minutes in Saturday's scoreless draw with Liverpool. The US men's national team striker failed to record a shot or a touch in the opponent's 18-yard box, although Sunderland's defensive-minded approach left him up top to do most of the work on his own. Jozy should be hoping for a way out come January.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 6 - 2:23 PM

Connor Wickham scored the lone goal for Sunderland in the 19th minute vs Manchester City Wednesday night.

The goal, which put Sunderland up 1-0 at the time came off a deflected clearance for City defender Pablo Zabaleta. Sunderland were lucky to get on the scoresheet as they were outmatched for pretty much the entire 90 minutes. The goal was Wickham's second of the season and his first since October 4.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 3 - 5:21 PM

Chelsea were kept scoreless for the first time this season by Sunderland and goalkeeper Pantilimon.

The two teams finished in a 0-0 draw in what was a fairly uneventful match. Sunderland deserved a point in this one as they did everything they could to frustrate Chelsea. The Blues went back to what hurt them the most last year - losing points against lesser teams - although this year the narrative is different since they still have a seven point lead at the top of the table. This was Sunderland's second 0-0 result in a row and third consecutive draw.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 29 - 2:27 PM

Leicester City and Sunderland ended their week 12 match in a 0-0 draw.

The two teams left frustrated as they couldn't score on each other. The two players who came on top were goalkeepers Costel Pantilimon and Kasper Schmeichel. Leicester seem to have switched positions with Burnley, as they haven't scored in over eight hours of Premier League action while Burnley are now pouring in goals out of nowhere. Despite the draw, both teams remain outside of the relegation zone, but neither is safe.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 22 - 12:23 PM

Sebastian Larsson scored the lone goal for Sunderland in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Everton.

Larsson opened the scoring in the 67th minute off a direct free kick, curling it through the wall, beating Tim Howard to the near post. It was the midfielders second goal of the season and his first since opening day (August 16). The goal was nice, but Everton failed to position the wall in the right place. Sunderland have a favorable matchup vs Leicester next week, but then go on to face Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool directly after.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 9 - 1:08 PM

Jack Rodwell was conspicuous in his absence on Monday as Gus Poyet made four changes ahead of the game at Selhurst Park following a disappointing run of recent results.

The summer acquisition from Manchester City is slowly gaining momentum at the club following a number of injury plagued seasons – ongoing hamstring & groin issues – which have restricted Rodwell to just 7 league starts since the beginning of the 2012/13 campaign. But Gus Poyet admitted he is "looking forward to seeing him" [back in training] on Wednesday after a minor calf problem. The timely return of Jack Rodwell from injury could mean an immediate place in the starting eleven with Lee Cattermole facing a one game domestic ban after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season during the win over Crystal Palace.
Nov 4 - 9:29 AM

Patrick van Aanholt will end his ever-present record this weekend when Sunderland take on Everton at the Stadium of Light after the defender left Selhurst Park on Monday with his arm immobilised in a sling.

Despite the Black Cats struggling defensively in recent times van Aanholt has been the stand-out player impressing since arrival from Chelsea during the summer on a season long loan deal. His departure just before half-time - on a stretcher - due to a dislocated shoulder allowed Wes Brown to make an early appearance and it was another own-goal by the centre-back which provided Crystal Palace a lifeline before Gomez and Fletcher sealed the win. Jack Rodwell [calf] who missed out in game week ten is expected to return to training this week and will be back in contention for the visit of the Toffees.
Nov 4 - 9:10 AM

Steven Fletcher scored twice as Sunderland against 10-man Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Steven Fletcher scored his second brace of of the season to lift Sunderland out of the relegation zone with only their second league victory of the season. Fletcher opened the scoring with a terrific header, before another own goal by the Black Cats (courtesy of Wes Brown) levelled the scores after half time. Both sides went for the win and it was Jordi Gomez who put Sunderland back in the lead with 10 minutes to go firing in a great strike, before Palace captain Miles Jedinak was sent off for a silly second bookable offence. Fletcher then wrapped up the points with another smart finish, moving Sunderland up to 15th, while the Eagles drop to 17th.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 3 - 5:16 PM

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has hinted that he is ready to drop Vito Mannone and offer Costel Pantilimon an opportunity to shine.

Mannone was superb last season but it's been a difficult campaign for the Black Cats so far and the keeper has put in two especially horrible performances in a row against Southampton and Arsenal. Pantilimon deserves a chance to show the manager what he can do, but this news won't have any impact on fantasy managers, who should be wisely avoiding Sunderland players until the side shows signs of turning their form around.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 30 - 9:48 AM

Struggling Sunderland were dealt a further blow on Saturday with the enforced departure of striker Steven Fletcher during the defeat to Arsenal.

The Scottish international limped to the sidelines on 50 minutes after his foot was trodden on with Fletcher having an X-ray and further scans to help identify the full extent of the injury. Despite only scoring two goals this season Fletcher is still the clubs leading marksman and his prowess and record could prove pivotal in keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League - Sunderland currently sit third bottom with a goal difference of minus 9 – only Burnley & Queens Park Rangers are worse off. The absence of Fletcher could open the door for US international Jozy Altidore who returned after missing the defeat to Southampton [personal reasons] and impressed during his 20 minute cameo.
Oct 27 - 4:36 PM

Sunderland mistakes effectively threw away a good home point against an Arsenal team that looked completely out of sorts as the Black Cats lost 2-0 to the Gunners.

Vito Mannone's position has to be up for serious debate after his howler late in the match leading to an Alexis Sanchez goal helped seal a 2-0 Arsenal victory. The former Arsenal reserve's mistake compounded the first half mis-kick from Wes Brown which also led to an Alexis Sanchez goal. After giving up eight goals to Southampton last weekend you get the sense that no one at the Stadium of Light is, or should be, safe in their job.
Oct 25 - 12:02 PM

Santiago Vergini's bizarre own goal summed up an appalling day at the office for Sunderland as they were embarrassed 8-0 by Southampton.

If you haven't seen Vergini's own goal, check it out on Vine. The defender was under no pressure but smashed the ball in to his own net from 18 yards out to put Southampton 1-0 up after just 12 minutes. That set the tone for the match, as the Saints went on to score seven more goals through Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic, Jack Cork, Victor Wanyama, Sadio Mané and another comical own goal by Liam Bridcutt. Gus Poyet's men should be ashamed of the way they capitualted in the second half in particular, and have a lot of work to do if they are to avoid another relegation battle.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 18 - 12:20 PM

Sunderland captain John O'Shea has signed a two-year contract extension, extending his stay with the Black Cats until 2017.

33-year-old O'Shea has made more than 100 league appearances for Sunderland and is delighted to have committed his foreseeable future to the club. "I'm really happy that I can continue here for another two years," he said. "To captain a club like this and to play in front of our fantastic supporters is a huge honour and I look forward to showing my commitment on the pitch in the years to come."
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 17 - 7:14 AM

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore admits he doesn't know whether Burnley are interested in signing him.

When asked about Burnley’s interest, Altidore responded: "I have no idea. I never heard anything.", but rumours persist that the US striker is in talks with Sean Dyche's side. Altidore has just one league goal in 33 appearances for Sunderland, to go with the one he managed in 28 outings for Hull, and he has dropped down the pecking order at Sunderland. Fearing for his place in the US national side due to a lack of football, the 24-year-old had made it clear last week that he will need to consider his options if the situation hasn't changed by the end of the year.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 15 - 4:21 AM



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