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It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand: Shout out to my ex; you’re really quite the man...

Remember late 90s Sunderland Fanzine ‘It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand’? Well, the lads are back - each and every week here on RokerReport.com. This week, Nic Wiseman is lamenting the fact so many ex-players seem to be getting one over on us this season.

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Have we got any more of our ex-players coming to face us in the next few game? They seem to be loving playing against us at the moment. Four points have not so much been prized but handed on a silver salver to former players.

Daryl Murphy, the player who was such the joke before we flogged him off to Celtic and David Meyler, who could never get a game with us, after we snatched him up after he scored against us on an Irish pre-season tour when Keano was in charge. Anymore coming up?

Nah! Only Everton, they haven’t got any of our former players have they? Only the record sum paid to us for a goalkeeper. Mind you, even with Everton’s wretched form of late who wouldn’t bet on Jordan Pickford scoring one of those freak goalkeeper’s goals in which the wind takes hold of the drop-kicked ball and loops it into our net at the Gwladys Street End? It could only happen to Sunderland.

However bad Everton’s form is (losing 3-0 at home to Spurs and 4-0 away to Manchester United) it is nowt compared to ours. It’s like that twitter photo that was doing the rounds a few weeks ago with a group of concerned folk comforting one agonised guy, accompanied by the caption, “My name’s, Alex and I’m an Arsenal fan”.

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“Haddaway and shite and pull yourself together, man”, I thought. “That’s nowt compared to us.”

At least the losing streak has come to an end. The squad is clearly groaning with weakness if David Meyler - with the only good thing he ever did was provoking Alan Pardew to head butt him - can score against us. Though we have climbed out of the relegation zone, scored a goal and managed to keep a clean sheet for 82 minutes. Slim margins.

Having glanced at Cardiff’s squad, no names jump out as being ex’s and the team’s not from Yorkshire, so maybe on the jinx front, we could have a chance. But I’m not holding my breath.

Actually, they have Greg Halford... surely not.

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