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The ongoing public criticism of Hemir will serve no purpose whatsoever

Hemir is enduring a tough time and hasn’t made a huge impact at Sunderland, but there are certain things that should be kept behind closed doors.

A View From The Away End: London mackems head even further south to Plymouth!

Ben Littledyke and the lads from the SAFC London Branch headed south in search of beer and football on Saturday... and still managed to have a good day out, despite the result!

Talking Points: What went wrong for Sunderland at Plymouth?

With a combination of bad luck and poor attacking execution, Sunderland failed to get anything from their longest away journey of the season. Malc discusses a few of his main talking points post the game.

Has Adil Aouchiche done enough to earn himself a start against Huddersfield?

After two impressive consecutive cameos for the team, Finlay Anderson looks at whether Adil Aouchiche should start on Wednesday night against Huddersfield.

Matchday Musings: Sunderland AFC regeneration project hits a delay

A hugely frustrating defeat down in Plymouth, but the big plan can still take us where we want to be…

Can Sunderland’s young squad reach their full potential as the injury room begins to clear?

Sunderland’s injury list is starting to clear - with a bit of luck, will we see this young squad reach its full potential in the second half of the season?

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As we resume our Championship campaign, Sunderland are in pretty good shape!

Saturday’s trip to Plymouth marks the start of a hectic period, but it’s also a great chance for the Lads to strengthen their top six credentials.

Is the ‘old fashioned’ centre back at Sunderland a thing of the past?

Old school ‘kick it and head it’ type central defenders are becoming a thing of the past - so, have Sunderland left that type of player behind for good?

A half fit Dan Ballard, or someone else - what should Sunderland do on Saturday?

Having missed out on playing for Northern Ireland with a hamstring injury, Dan Ballard has returned to Wearside ahead of Saturday. Would you risk him at Plymouth, or go with a different option?

Barnesy’s Blog: January approaches - and Sunderland will have some thinking to do!

"My gut feeling is this current squad with one or two additions, notably some experienced players, could hold its own in the Premier League," writes BBC’s Sunderland match commentator Nick Barnes.

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Could Adil Aouchiche be Sunderland’s next exciting European import?

Adil Aouchiche has shown flashes of his talent since joining in the summer — he’s surely staking a claim to start games soon.

Sunderland One Year On: A more defensively robust upgrade, or are appearances deceiving?

With more physical presence and a targeted recruitment attempt to address our height deficiencies, the current Sunderland crop look more robust than at the same stage last season. But do the stats back up this impression?

Mowbray is perfect for this young Sunderland squad — but for how long?

After losing three games against Boro, Stoke and Leicester, there were grumblings of discontent regarding Tony Mowbray - however, he is proving to be a pivotal figure in the club's recent history.

Fan Letters: January is right around the corner, and the speculation is already starting...

We’re edging closer and closer to the January transfer window, with the clickbait sites gearing up to spew their endless speculation into the ether - and, unfortunately, Sunderland are sure to get caught up in the crossfire... Got something to say? Email us:

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A January exit for Jack Clarke might not be as cut and dried as it seems

Speculation about the winger’s future isn’t going away, but there’s every chance that we could retain his services for the entirety of the season.

Editorial: How can we miss them if they don’t go away?

We’ve had a week and a half off from the Lads, and I’m starting to have withdrawal symptoms... roll on Saturday!

Fan Letters: “Could Luke O’Nien move into Sunderland’s midfield to make way for a new defender?”

RR reader Bill would like to see Luke O’Nien moved into midfield - something he feels more confident about having watched Jenson Seelt & Nectar Triantis at the back last week. Got something to say? Email us:

Things are looking up for Niall Huggins

Established in the first team, called up by his country and now winning awards - everything is looking up for Sunderland and Wales full back Niall Huggins. Where do things go from here, though?

Who is the one player Sunderland almost signed but didn’t that you really wish we had?

Ahhh, the ones that got away.

The three biggest issues facing Tony Mowbray when Sunderland return from the international break

The international break offers us the chance to reflect on the season so far - so, what does Tony Mowbray have to work on most in order to push Sunderland even further up the table?

Fan Letters: Contrasting views on Paddy Roberts & the right wing position now he’s here to stay

RR reader Old Dave wants to see us try something different on the right wing as he doesn’t feel Roberts is doing enough - but Bill Calvert couldn’t be happier that he’s signed a new deal! Got something to say? Email us:

What does the future look like for Sunderland’s central defence?

After seeing a totally fresh partnership at the heart of defence for the first time this season, it feels like a good time to discuss what moves Mowbray might make going forward. Are Triantis and Seelt the heirs to the throne?

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Patrick Roberts’ new Sunderland deal is a timely boost for everyone!

The popular winger has signed an extended contract at the Stadium of Light - hopefully it’ll spur him on to reach the heights that we’ve seen him hit so often.

It’s almost transfer time - so where do Sunderland need to strengthen their squad?

What areas would you be looking at now to strengthen in January with only a month or so before the window opens?

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It was a tale of mixed fortunes for Sunderland’s new defensive duo against Birmingham City

Jenson Seelt and Nectar Triantis found themselves under pressure against Birmingham, but it was a vital learning experience.

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Sunderland = the new entertainers

With a multitude of talented attackers in the squad, we often play with a fearlessness and a level of confidence that belies the young average age of the team.

How do you feel about Patrick Roberts signing a new contract with Sunderland?

It’s been a long time coming, but yesterday it was finally confirmed that Patrick Roberts has signed a new deal with Sunderland which runs until 2026. How do you feel about it?

Editorial: Refereeing standards, the Rooney effect, Sunderland’s squad depth and retro badges!

It’s been another eventful week at the Stadium of Light!

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Jenson Seelt stepped up to the plate for Sunderland on Saturday

In his first league start in red and white, the young Dutchman turned in a solid effort and gave plenty of cause for optimism.

Talking Points: Sunderland make it two in a row at the Stadium of Light!

Talky talky happy talk – always a pleasure looking back at the main topics arising from a Sunderland win!

How will Sunderland’s selection headache at the back be resolved by the manager?

With both Dan Ballard and Luke O’Nien suspended this afternoon, Tony Mowbray has a big decision to make ahead of the visit of Wayne Rooney’s Birmingham City.

Balancing Act: How can Tony Mowbray tweak the side to get Sunderland firing again?

Sunderland haven’t been at their fluid, stylish best recently - so what changes can the gaffer make to address the balance of the side?

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