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Sunderland Transfer News: Aly Cissokho Agrees Deal With Liverpool, Snubs Black Cats

Published May 26, 2014 by gossipzoo

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Sunderland appear to have failed in another attempt to bring a full-back to the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats have spent the whole summer searching for new defensive recruits, especially left and right-backs, yet these efforts have been so far fruitless.

The latest player that Sunderland have missed out on is the Valencia left-back, Aly Cissokho, according The Chronicle.

The French international has been interesting several clubs this summer but it appears Liverpool have agreed terms with the defender meaning their fellow Premier League rivals, Sunderland, will have to look elsewhere.

The club have been hard-at-work this summer bringing no less than nine new faces to Wearside as Paolo Di Canio continues his squad overhaul.

However a full-back is still evading the Italian head coach.

Deals for Lucas Orban and Benjamin Mendy were not finalised with both players finding other deals in France, with Bordeaux and Marseille respectively.

A move for former-loanee Danny Rose was quickly quashed by the Tottenham manager, Andre Villas-Boas, who has said that Rose will be a key player for Spurs this season.

If full-backs are not signed, the Black Cats could be set to keep Craig Gardner and Jack Colback at left and right-back, positions that have been occupied by both players during the clubs preseason games.

Gardner appears to have no qualms where he plays according to a recent report from Sky Sports though Colback is a different matter.

The Academy product would prefer to play in central-midfield, his natural position, and this is said to be the reason behind the player not signing a contract extension, according to the Sunderland Echo.

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Sunderland 0 – 0 Norwich: Black Cats See Red Again

Published February 23, 2014 by gossipzoo

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Sunderland will have to settle for just a single point this Christmas as they were left frustrated by a quiet Norwich side at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats failed to take advantage of almost a dozen decent chances but the sending off of Wes Brown at the end took away any chance of yet another stoppage time goal this season.

Head Coach Gus Poyet decided to field the XI that ended the midweek Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea, which ultimately seen Sunderland proceed to the final four. Ki Sung-Yeung and Fabio Borini, who both scored after coming off the bench on Tuesday, came in for Adam Johnson and Craig Gardner. Phil Bardsley replaced Andrea Dossena at left back.

There were no major talking points in the first half. Sunderland perhaps looked the most likely to score but any opportunity was left too late or taken too quick. The Canaries were denied a couple of times by Vito Mannone, who played as solid as ever between the sticks for Sunderland.

With an hour on the clock, the Sunderland fans erupted to either encourage their side on or to get on their back following yet another missed chance, this time by Ondrej Celustka. This had worked in midweek, and it certainly spurred them on again this time.

From then on, Sunderland constantly threatened Norwich’s defence, but could not find the net again, something Poyet will no doubt look at on the training ground and next week when the transfer window opens.

There were calls for a penalty moments before Brown’s red card, but referee Martin Atkinson got that one spot on, despite harsh calls of “you’re not fit to referee” from the Sunderland fans.

Match Stats

Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, O’Shea, Brown, Celustka, Ki, Cattermole, Giaccherini (Johnson), Larsson (Roberge), Borini, Altidore (Fletcher)

Norwich City: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Olsson, Redmond, Snodgrass, Johnson, Fer, Hooper, Elmander (Van Wolfswinkel)

Goals:

None

Attendance: 37,788

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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Sunderland 3-4 Chelsea: Hazard Stars As Blues Hold Off Fightback

Published February 13, 2014 by gossipzoo

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Eden Hazard stole the show as Chelsea remained in second place in the Premier League following an action packed game at The Stadium of Light which ended 4-3 to the visitors, but it was a mad two minutes for Phil Bardsley that will no doubt have the fans and Head Coach Gus Poyet talking.

Sunderland tried to take advantage of Chelsea’s poor start numerous times in the opening ten minutes, but it was the result of a Craig Gardner free kick that opened the scoring. The shot fired straight at the Chelsea wall, but Jack Colback timely found the USA international Altidore before firing home his first Premier League goal for Sunderland after 14 minutes.

However, the lead lasted only three minutes, as a poor defensive performance from The Black Cats following a Chelsea corner lead to the equaliser – despite plenty of chances to clear the ball away from danger, Frank Lampard took advantage of the space with nobody marking him and headed in from six yards.

After half an hour, Petr Cech pulled off a superb save from Borini to put it out for a corner following a Sunderland counter attack, but it was the visitors to take the lead before half time with a solo effort from Eden Hazard. The Belgian skilfully dribbled towards the edge of the penalty area before hitting a superb strike past Vito Mannone after 37 minutes to bag his seventh goal of the season for the Blues.

It didn’t take Gus Poyet’s men long to get back into the game – with just four and a half minutes gone on the clock for the second half, Borini’s corner failed to find the head of Wes Brown, but fortunately his centre-back partner John O’Shea was there to head it past Cech to level the scores again.

Fernando Torres should have found the net five minutes later as Mannone parried Hazard’s effort to the Spaniards feet, only for him to hit it wide and high past the Sunderland net, but they thoroughly deserved their third as man of the match Eden Hazard played a fantastic one-two with Lampard before curling it into the net from an impressive distance to make it 2-3.

With five minutes left on the clock, there was a moment of madness from Bardsley in particular – the full-back scored an own goal in bizarre fashion, sliding in a horrible miss to make it 2-4. However, just a minute later, Bardsley scored again, but in the right net to pull it back to 3-4 with little time left.

Six minutes were added on to the end of a cracking second half, and Sunderland could have easily scored again through Ki Sung Yueng, but it was too little too late as it was Jose Mourinho’s men that travel back to the capital with all three points after a seven goal thriller on Wearside.

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