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Passionate opinions straight from the hearts of die-hard Sunderland supporters.

Is Patrick Roberts any good? Celtic supporter gives insight on Sunderland’s tricky playmaker

Man City and Boro fans have given their takes on Patrick Roberts, but he played 55 games for Celtic between 2016 and 2018. So we asked Glasgow is Green podcast host Reidzo to answer a few questions...

Is Patrick Roberts any good? Boro fan Phil gives us the lowdown on Sunderland’s newest signing

We’ve heard from a Man City fan - now it’s the turn of a Boro supporter! Friend of RR Phil Spencer dropped by to let us know more about what the Sunderland new-boy was like when he played at the Riverside...

Is Patrick Roberts any good? Man City fan gives us the lowdown on Sunderland’s latest signing

Is Patrick Roberts any good? We don’t know, so we picked the brains of Manchester City fan Pete Cummings from top Citizens fanzine Bitter & Blue to get the lowdown on Sunderland’s newest signing.

Should Lee Johnson start Sunderland new boys Danny Batth and Trai Hume on Saturday?

Our defence is leaking goals for fun, and it looks like Bailey Wright is injured. Is Saturday the right time to throw Danny Batth and Trai Hume into the mix?

4 Teams, 2 Spots - Sunderland are in a four-horse race for the automatic promotion places

It now looks like the race for the top two spots in League One is between four teams - Sunderland, Wigan, Rotherham and the current leaders Wycombe. Where do we stand in all of this, and will we get promoted?

Opinion: “We can all do our bit to make Sunderland AFC Ladies a success!”

"We need to be loud, we need to be proud, and we need to back the lasses as much as we possibly can," writes Charlotte Patterson.

It’s Batth Time! Why Dan is the man

The signing of a 31-year old defender may be a break from the norm, but as Jack Shields points out, Danny Batth has many qualities that our squad lacks currently - and he could be key to Sunderland gaining promotion.

After a rough week, Sunderland must get back on track with a win over Pompey - will we do it?

With any luck, this will be the final chapter of Sunderland and Portsmouth’s somewhat tumultuous cohabitation in the doldrums - will we get the win we need?

The summer of 2011: Was it an opportunity squandered for Sunderland?

We thought it was the beginning of something special, but it fell apart quicker than any of us could imagine.

Roker Ramble: The AFCON bursts into life in Cameroon, and Benitez bursts into flames at Everton

It’s been a funny old week in football. Spare a thought for Ivory Coast’s goalkeeper, referee Janny Sikazwe, Rafa Benitez and... Middlesbrough fans.

Danny Batth - is he any good? Stoke fan Mark gives us the lowdown on Sunderland’s new defender

Sunderland have signed Danny Batth - is he any good? We don’t know, so we sought out the expert views of Mark Holmes (a Stoke City fan and former editor of Planet Football) to get the lowdown...

Sunderland’s season is being derailed by defensive errors – and it must be addressed

Sunderland are dropping unnecessary points left, right and centre – but how does the manager stop it?

“Certain things need fixing ahead of the Portsmouth game!”

Mike Dunne mulls over Sunderland’s performance at the weekend, now that the dust has settled - and concludes that we quickly need to fix some glaring issues to ensure we get a result against Pompey.

Nobody’s perfect in League One - but Sunderland should strive for maximum improvement!

We will lose games and drop points - it’s just a fact. That said, it doesn’t mean we should just accept it, and Sunderland’s priority should be improving on the pitch, and in the transfer market.

Hot Takes: Worrying signs emerge from the Accrington draw - let’s address them quickly!

Sunderland failed to make inroads at the top of the table on Saturday after a frustrating draw with Accrington, with some worrying signs emerging during the ninety minutes.

Editorial: The impending arrival of Patrick Roberts is exciting - but we need more, and soon!

Patrick Roberts will be a fantastic signing for Sunderland, but it’s the core of our side that requires urgent attention - something that’s been exacerbated by our last three results.

Two Up, Two Down: What are the biggest positives (argh!) and negatives from the Accy draw?

"You got a draw, away from home? What are you complaining about?!" Well, let us tell you... we come up with a bunch of positives and negatives from our trip to the north west at the weekend! Can you give some of your own?

Talking Points: Sunderland MUST bring in reinforcements to achieve promotion – but in what positions?

Sunderland gave up another lead and frustratingly drew 1-1 with Accrington on Saturday, let us know your thoughts on Matty’s talking points below!

It’s great to feel proud of my club again!

"We have a bloody good football team on our hands" writes Roker Report’s Irish representative Michael Dunne, as he muses how it feels different following The Lads at the moment.

Reality check on Tuesday - how will the Lads react? We’ll find out at 3pm on Saturday...

"How will we react to losing the run? Will the team show character and come out raring to go, getting back to their old selves, or is this the start of another Lee Johnson streak?" asks Jack Shields.

Opinion: How will Sunderland reach the WSL?

Does Sunderland AFC have an ambitious strategy for women’s football? Kristjaan Speakman’s interview with the Echo last week raises more questions than it answers, and now the Mags are making moves. It’s time for KLD to act!

Trai Hume’s signing shows that the Irish market is one that Sunderland can exploit

Does the full back’s arrival mean we’ll see more new signings from the Emerald Isle?

Talking Points: Where do Sunderland go from here? Is Goochy a right back? And... what changed?

Our Malc looks back on the key Talking Points emanating from Sunderland’s uncharacteristic loss and bad performance on Tuesday night, now that the dust has settled. Owt to be concerned about?

Just one of those nights, or did Lincoln exploit Sunderland’s chronic lack of physicality?

Was the Lincoln defeat just one of those nights, or do Sunderland have a real issue when facing the more physical sides?

Night to forget for sorry Sunderland - but, it’s important to not get too carried away

Sunderland’s ten game unbeaten run came to an end last night in spectacular style - a timely reminder that we need fresh legs and fresh minds, both out of the treatment room and in the transfer market.

Stand up (or sit down) if you love Sunderland 

Chelsea’s game against Liverpool earlier this month was the first Premier League fixture to make use of safe standing. Tottenham Hotspur also had a safe standing section for their FA Cup tie with Morecambe on Sunday, and with the trial of these areas set to continue in the coming months the wider issue of whether fans should be allowed to stand at games remains a huge talking point within the sport.

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Good teams have the occasional stinker - but Sunderland can’t have a repeat of last night again

Even teams who get promoted have the occasional stinker, but more displays as bad as that one will lead us in only one direction. Time to draw a line under it, move on and get back to winning ways.

Two Up, Two Down: Picking through Sunderland’s performance v Lincoln for positives & negatives

Wet pitches, crap officials, red cards, losing our heads and losing the game - there were plenty of negatives after last night’s defeat. Can you think of any positives?

Roker Ramble: It’s 2022 - and you thought you’d seen the last of big Mike Ashley? Think again!

Lots of people have lots of problems in football this week: including Mike Ashley, Chester City and Wigan Athletic.

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12 months of Carl Winchester at Sunderland!

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Winiesta at Sunderland - and he’s gone from strength to strength since arriving at the club from Forest Green Rovers!

Talking Points: Was a draw a good result for Sunderland given the circumstances?

Sunderland took part in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Wycombe at Adams Park - do you think that could prove a crucial point in our promotion challenge?

Hot Takes: There’s absolutely no reason why Sunderland can’t continue to kick on from here!

A potential fixture backlog might well hinder Sunderland’s promotion rivals, but we have to keep things rolling, and there is absolutely no reason why we can’t do exactly that.

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