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Roker Rapport Podcast: The RR mass debate - running down Sunderland’s HUGE win over Walsall!

Sunderland won again at the weekend, and with a cup final to look forward to the Lads are in a jovial mood, discussing not only this week’s results but the cup final that awaits us. You can listen for free on Acast, iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube - get stuck in!

“Next up, Sunderland are off to Wembley - should this be the team that starts in the cup final?”

With a chance for silverware on March 31st, Sunderland have two weeks to decide on a starting XI - but who will Ross entrust with the task of bringing home success? Tom Atkinson attempts to predict what he thinks we’ll go with.

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Finlay’s Report: Sunderland FINALLY got some deserved luck during their huge win over Walsall!

A bobble here, a flick and a goalkeeper misjudging the pace of the ball there - Sunderland finally got a smidgen of luck during their game with Walsall, securing a vital three points as the race for promotion in League One hots up.

Talking Tactics: Sunderland gaffer Jack Ross’ decisions this week shows he knows what he’s doing

According to Phil Butler, the outcome of this week’s results across the board - plus some effective decision-making which brought us back to his approach earlier this season - prove that Sunderland boss Jack Ross knows EXACTLY what he’s doing.

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Match Preview: Sunderland face their bogey side today knowing 3 points could be hugely important

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THREE questions for Sunderland gaffer Jack Ross ahead of his pre-Walsall press conference today

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ITHICS Fanzine: “Sunderland have THREE standout weaknesses which have hampered them this season”

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