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In today’s fan letters, there’s plenty of pessimism as Mordey St, Kevin and Anthony assess Sunderland’s prospects, and Paul calls for the return of Jermain Defoe. . Got something to say? Email us: RokerReport@Yahoo.co.uk!

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Dear Roker Report,

The lockdown announced today is very serious, but surprisingly will only affect non league football.

The response from the EFL will be interesting and will be late. Dithering is the one skill that the EFL have in abundance.

The plight of Sunderland Football team is worrying, for if the EFL takes similar action to last season our PPG situation is dire.

Promotion will only be achieved if games continue and a long run of 3 pointers are achieved.

I am not confident.

Mordey St

Ed’s Note [Rich]: The football authorities have struggled to inspire any sort of confidence from fans of Sunderland or any other club in the way that they’ve dealt with the impact of the pandemic. If and when the season will finish, and how when so many squads are being directly affected by coronavirus, is definitely an open question, Mordey. Surely it’s too early in the season for it to be decided PPG, with less than half the league games played.


Dear Roker Report,

When three of the bottom five have scored more goals than us, that needs to be worried about.

Kevin Mills

Ed’s Note [Rich]: You’re spot on Kevin. We all know what’s missing; pace, power and creativity. It needs sorting and soon or this season’s a write-off.

Northampton Town v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One
Charlie Wyke shoots over the bar against Northampton Town on Saturday
Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Dear Roker Report,

After watching that performance [on Saturday] I can’t believe that 6 years ago we were giving Man City a good game in a Cup Final.

Sorry fellow fans, but that’s what we are now - an average mediocre team (not club) in League one. God knows how we are going to get out of it. OK we haven’t played for 18 days and it showed they weren’t fit to play. I’m convinced that the rest of the season is going to be STOP START STOP START and no way that we will pick up.

After the Lincoln game if we kept playing maybe we would have picked up a momentum. Never mind Lincoln, have a look at Oxford’s results because a month ago they were bottom and the momentum of playing two games a week now they are one place behind us after winning 6 games on the spin.

We can criticise our players but that Ref today was outrageous or useless, Charlie Wyke and the defender jump in the air in the Northampton Town’s box for a 50/50 ball, which resulted in a head clash with the ball going towards one of our players and decides to award them a free kick, also every tackle that was made on the pitch was awarded to them. What a shower of a League.

I keep streaming the home games on my season card and also I will keep suffering by purchasing the away streaming and keep watching and wishing and hoping and wishing and hoping for things to improve and get out of this MISERY.

You know with this lockdown I got time on my hands and I have been watching a lot of European football. I’m dumbfounded by how many ex-Sunderland players are playing in the top leagues in Europe, and some of them when they were here as you all know couldn’t trap a beach ball (you know what I mean).

The first time that we were in this horrible division we had the G FORCE and walked it. We could do with them now. I can always go to bed and dream on.

Keep dreaming, hoping and keep the faith.

Anthony DeGiovanni

Ed’s Note [Rich]: Nice to hear from you again Anthony. Like you, I’m beyond tired of paying a tenner a pop to watch some of the worst football we’ve ever played. At this point, the lowest league position in our history and as a pandemic rages around us, we do need to find the strength to stick together, help one another and keep the faith. Let’s hope this year will bring a little sunlight on the horizon for long suffering Sunderland fans like yourself.


Dear Roker Report.

No doubt lthey’ll be lots of who is in, who’s out over the next few weeks.

Noticed that a certain Mr Defoe is sitting on the bench up at Rangers.

Defoe, a proven goal scorer and would be welcomed back with open arms, well if we ever get back in to SOL.

I’m sure we could afford his wages.

Paul (Pados)

Ed’s Note [Rich]: Who wouldn’t love to see Defoe back at the Stadium of Light but, unfortunately, even if he was open to dropping to this level, I’ve two horrible words that might scupper the deal; salary cap.