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Roker Roundtable: Where do Sunderland need to strengthen before the deadline?

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Confirmed: Dajaku heads out of the door on loan to join up with Swiss top flight side

21-year-old German forward Leon Dajaku has departed Wearside to join up with Swiss Super League outfit St Gallen. Good luck, Leon!

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Reaction: Sunderland skipper Corry Evans is out for the season - so where do we go from here?

Awful news broke on Thursday morning as it was confirmed by the club that Sunderland captain Corry Evans has damaged his ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season. Where do we go from here?

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The big man is back - Ross Stewart hasn’t missed a beat

Ross Stewart has now scored nine goals in his last 10 appearances, and his form is being matched by some superb individual displays. Just how good is he?

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It's the FA Cup and Sunderland, so it’s time to get your hats and scarves out!

We've always had a special fondness for this competition, and ahead of this weekend’s trip to Fulham, Mark Wood looks at the relationship between the Lads and the famous old trophy

Roker Roundup: Isaac Lihadji to Sunderland deal ‘hours away’, according to French report

French outlet La Voix Du Nord are claiming that Isaac Lihadji could be hours from sealing a move to Sunderland, having missed training on Wednesday to seal a free transfer move to Wearside.

Roker Roundup: Update on Lihadji, Gelhardt & Nemeth deals as Sunderland look to strengthen

The transfer rumour mill continues to churn, as reports from around the world give us updates on potential Sunderland recruits Andres Nemeth, Isaac Lihadji and Joe Gelhardt.

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Sunderland’s attacking options are scary

The quality of football being played by this group of young and exciting players is something special and should be appreciated.

On This Day (Jan 25th 1964): It’s FA Cup day at Roker Park as Sunderland face the Robins!

On this day 1964 Sunderland played Bristol City at Roker Park in the 4th round of the FA Cup.

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‘A cup full of promise’ - Sunderland’s trip to Fulham is a great opportunity for us!

"There’ll be a lively atmosphere at Craven Cottage on Saturday, and it’s a good chance for the players to test themselves against a top flight team," writes Jon Guy

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Trai Hume’s rise has been impressive... is he now Sunderland’s #1 right-back?

The ex-Linfield defender is performing consistently and is now a reliable presence in defence. We asked our writers whether he should now be an automatic pick when fit

Talking Tactics: How Sunderland’s midfield controlled the game against Boro

On Sunday afternoon, the lads defeated local rivals Middlesbrough with a controlled display highlighting a few tactical curiosities - including a different form of pressing, Trai Hume excelling as an ‘inverted full-back’, and Dan Neil running the show.

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How excited are you by Pierre Ekwah’s arrival at Sunderland?

The French midfielder has become our first January signing, and will hopefully add some strength to our midfield. We asked our writers for their thoughts on how he’ll fit in.

On This Day (24th Jan 2020): Dour stalemate v Doncaster continues Sunderland’s unbeaten run!

Phil Parkinson was manager, and the football was turgid. We’ve come a long way in three years!

In Praise of Tony Mowbray: Charting Sunderland’s progress under Mogga

After we dished out some sweet revenge in our second game against Boro this season, it seems like a good time to chart the progress we’re making under Mogga.

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Mowbray’s babes are shining bright at Sunderland

Against Michael Carrick’s visitors, our exciting group of players delivered when it mattered, and they demonstrated exactly why the club has shown so much faith in them, writes Phil West

Roker Rapport Podcast: A Pyro, a Parmo and Amad Diallo - The SAFC 2-0 Middlesbrough Review!

Phil, Gav and Chris sat down Sunday night to look back over a lovely ‘not a derby’ day as we took all three points from Boro at the Stadium of Light!

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Welcome to Sunderland, Pierre Ekwah!

Ekwah’s signing, on a four-and-a-half year deal from West Ham, is another show of faith by those running the club, and hopefully he can make a positive and lasting impact for us!

Sunderland deal for West Ham’s Ekwah includes sell on and buyback clauses

The permanent transfer of Pierre Ekwah from West Ham to Sunderland is understood to include a sell-on percentage and buyback clause - similar to the deal made when Dennis Cirkin arrived from Spurs.

Matchday Musings: Sunderland claim derby spoils with a dominant victory over Boro

It’s a fixture that hasn’t been the most enjoyable in recent years, but this comfortable win is clear evidence this is a Sunderland side going places

Editorial: This is the best football I’ve ever seen a Sunderland team play

This young, exciting Sunderland team mean business and are playing some unbelievable football - whisper it quietly, but it feels like we could burst onto the scene and give everyone a shock at any minute.

On This Day (23 January 1994): Sunderland banking on Rice deal to heat up!

Cash strapped Sunderland look to solve financial problems by selling players, placing adverts in the Financial Times and reaching out to a millionaire songwriter.

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Talking Points: Brilliant performance & result - but could we have dealt Boro more damage?!

Following our victory over the Teessiders, Phil West highlights a sublime performance from Edouard Michut, the composure demonstrated throughout, and an immense display from Aji Alese

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Two Up, Two Down: Picking out the positives & negatives from Sunderland’s win v Boro!

In a highly-charged atmosphere, the Lads performed brilliantly and eventually ran out 2-0 winners against Michael Carrick’s team. What did our writers make of the game?

Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 2-0 Middlesbrough - Bragging rights stay on Wearside!

Sunderland were rewarded for a dominant performance with three points and a clean sheet over local ‘rivals’ Middlesbrough. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads!

Match Preview: Sunderland v Middlesbrough - everything you need to know ahead of kick-off!

Whatever your take on the derby status of this game, it’s the closest we’ll get to one in the Championship this year as Middlesbrough pay us a visit - here’s all that’s worth knowing ahead of kick-off...

Starting XI: We’re predicting one change to the Sunderland team for today’s high-noon Boro clash!

Who’ll line up for the lads against Boro today?

On This Day (22 January 2014): It wasn’t a dream! Sunderland really were off to Wembley 

It was tense and it was tight, but Gus Poyet’s men came through in the end on a dramatic night…

What will the score be when Sunderland face Boro?

What will the score be today?

Fan Focus: Boro fan Jonny gives us the inside track on Sunderland’s opponents

We spoke to Middlesbrough fan Jonny of The Boro Breakdown Podcast to get the lowdown on what Sunderland can expect today from Michael Carrick’s in-form side.

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Sunderland’s approach to recruitment can pay dividends, but only with time and patience

Some fans may be worried about the lack of transfer activity as the January window continues, but as Jon Guy writes, the club hierarchy clearly have a vision that they’re sticking to

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On This Day (21 January 1939): Sunderland take the FA Cup spoils after travelling to Boro

Ahead of tomorrow’s clash with the Teessiders, we look back eighty four years to an FA Cup game that saw us get one over on them at Ayresome Park

Roker Ramble: Cans in the stands to be trialled as VAR and a racist gaffer make the news

In this week’s Ramble: VAR decisions to be heard by fans... Drinking in seats should be trialled, EFL tells MPs (what could possibly go wrong?)... Yems doubles down after racism storm... and Ellis - come back!

Awards for Amad - Keep Doing What You’re Doing, Diallo!

Amad Diallo has won a gong for his December performances, as announced this week. Malc reflects on his stellar month of December in red and white as we prepare for him and the lads to take on Boro at our place.

Memories Of Playing Boro: Liam Miller’s screamer rescues a point for Keano’s Sunderland

In the first Tees-Wear derby of the 2007/2008 season, Sunderland’s fans were set to go home unhappy - that was, of course, until Liam Miller decided he had other plans...

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