O90 – Tactical Analysis – West Ham United 1 Sunderland 0

A terse, simmering match was played out here, as West Ham outlasted Sunderland 1-0. Sam Allardyce was late getting to the pitch for this match, and as such his reception was muted, with the contest already in swing. He wouldn’t have missed much; just as the Hammers supportership have been unrestrained in expressing their relief […]

O90– What We Learned – Sunderland 2 West Ham United 2

Sunderland and West Ham played out a frenetic match, where poor decisions all round forged a haphazard 2-2 draw. Sunderland were piping Prokofiev’s Dance of the Knights around the Stadium of Light before kick off. It is their usual pre-match accompaniment, but, at the moment, it was the perfect aural illustration of the booming, tar-black […]

West Ham 1 – 0 Sunderland: What We Learned

West Ham tussled and turned frenetically with Sunderland, who, under new manager Dick Advocaat, were hoping to immediately revive themselves from their relegation-bound malaise. The match wasn’t one for the purists, but it did teach us a few things. I articulated them in digital text, on Outide90.com. West Ham were waiting with baited breath on […]

Football uncomfortably shuffles around Johnson, Evans and rape

The in-club ban Sunderland imposed on Adam Johnson, following his March 2nd arrest on suspicion of engaging in sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16, was lifted in time for the winger to face West Ham United on Saturday. Sunderland lost that match, to a late Diafra Sakho goal, and Johnson, who […]

Sunderland bravely deny Chelsea: Match Report

This fixture, between the team that had conceded 8 goals in a single match this season, and a team that had scored 5 in their last game, ended rather infuriatingly in stalemate. Chelsea were expected to control the game, and Sunderland to defend for their lives. This was largely how it played out and, though […]

Testing the Resilience of the Moyes Buffer

After all the crowing during the pre-season, the wave of momentum upon which Louis van Gaal surfed like a perfectly coiffured Adonis into Old Trafford has now crashed into the reef and receded back into the merciless depths. Van Gaal, spluttering and coughing up salt water, must now be frantically groping for a life preserver […]

Untangling the Bottom Half

The Premier League title race is as open this season as it has been for a long time. Aaron Ramsey hoisted Arsenal to the top and kept them there early in the season, with Mesut Ozil bolstering the effort. Then Manchester City emphatically scored their way into becoming the favourites in the minds of many, […]