Sunderland Are Safe With 0-0 Draw At Arsenal


Sunderland got a surprise 0-0 draw at the Emirates tonight as they frustrated Arsenal and their defense played very well indeed to get a clean sheet and a draw, and they are now on 38 points from 37 games and they are 4 points above Hull and 2 points above Newcastle – so even if Hull win their home game against Manchester United on Sunday they cannot catch Sunderland.

dick advocaat at arsenal

Dick Advocaat at the Emirates tonight – excellent draw

And that means 8 points for Dick Advocaat’s side with two wins and two draws in the last four games and the experienced Dick Advocaat has got the job done for the Black Cats.

In these games the results are all that matters, and now it will be either Hull City or Newcastle United who will be relegated on Sunday.

If Hull City win and Newcastle don’t –  Hull will survive.

If Newcastle win the Magpies will survive.

Dick Advocaat has now managed Sunderland for 8 games and he has 3 wins and 3 draws for 12 points, and so Sunderland have survived for the third season running while being in deep relegation trouble.

In the same eight games Newcastle have picked up just one point – so Sunderland have gained 11 points on Newcastle since Dick Advocaat came in as manager of Sunderland – and that was an excellent move by owner Ellis Short.

So those clubs in relegation danger who brought in an experienced manager, West Brom (Tony Pulis), Crystal Palace (Alan Pardew), Aston Villa (Tim Sherwood) and now Sunderland (Dick Advocaat) are all safe.

If Newcastle win on Sunday – as unlikely as that may seem right now – we could finish as high as in 14th place – but are more likely to finish in 17th place – 4th bottom – if we survive.

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40 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    May 20, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #1

    Blackley

    “you go away in the bad times and come back in the good times, there’s a good fellow. When the chips are down, you’re off.”

    If I’m being honest mate I’d rather support NUFC in the blue square premier under new owners than support MA’s Sports Direct United in the premier league.

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  • JackButler

    May 20, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Sunderland deserve to stay up, they have more fight and desire than our lot, we have to rely on Man UTD as we could not buy a win right now

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Just imagine if we’d spent a million of the three or four we got for Pardew on a short term manager, the greedy fat fcuk.

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  • Mint

    May 20, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #4

    GET IN THERE!
    Oh what a day. What a wonderful day!

    ASH, YOU SLEEP WELL TONIGHT!! aahahahahahaHAHAHASAhsAHsgaHShsjfkvnbn vml,l;

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  • Graeme

    May 20, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #5

    scum were absolutely superb tonight, they battled and fought for everything; their heads didn’t go down, they never gave up and got the result they deserved.

    Shit, I wish we could play like that.

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  • sparky55

    May 20, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #6

    man u could get 3rd if they win by 7…they might go for it now!

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  • toon kk

    May 20, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Well done to Sunderland, they fought for their lives. The premier league means something to them.

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  • Toon Tang

    May 20, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Did anyone have a punt on 0-0. Could see that coning a country mile off.

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  • JackButler

    May 20, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail

    We deserve to go down as we’ve done nothing to help ourselves.

    The fans have to come together and force Ashley out or nothing will change

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  • Toon Tang

    May 20, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #10

    I could see it coning but certainly didn’t see it coming.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Man United can still finish third if Arsenal lose and they score a hat full.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #12

    JB,
    Trouble is that we don’t deserve it but that greedy fat parasitic fcukin leech deserves dropping out the league.

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  • Moonraker15

    May 20, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #13

    We are the worst team, with the worst manager and the worst owner so we deserve to go down.

    When Pardew left we thought it was an opportunity, but the clowns turned it into a disaster.

    It’s almost unbelievable but it is gonna happen !!!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #14

    We’re saved by the looks of it, Man U have to go on a score fest.

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  • JackButler

    May 20, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail

    We do deserve it as we’ve sat back and allowed Ashley to run the club like this for so long he knows he can and will get away with it.

    We are regarded as some of the best fans in the game, about time we lived up to that and forced this spiv put of our club

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 20, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Advocaat has plaited sawdust to keep them up. They ve had some luck along the way, but they gave their all for him .

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  • archaeomag

    May 20, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #17

    The Curse of W@nga – it’s killed Blackpool and …..

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  • Our Toon

    May 20, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Blackley and Brownlie

    May 20, 2015

    OurToon
    It’s not your money. Any fan can spend their money how they want. It doesn’t mean they don’t know what they’re doing because they don’t spend it like you. You can go and spend yours on a rent boy. Fill your boots

    What’s your price Blackley so I can fill my boots?

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  • sparky55

    May 20, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #19

    drop every frog in the team…they wont have the stomach for the fight on sunday.

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  • jimmysmith

    May 20, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #20

    How ironic? I’ve spent most of the season hoping that lot stay up so we could at least have the derby.

    Hull have had far more of a go than us. Why should they go down instead of us. The table won’t lie, but you could mount a fairly good argument that relegation under owners like Ashley is actually good for the game. We are passengers, when we have the size to make a far bigger contribution.

    Sigh!

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  • sparky55

    May 20, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #21

    wonder if Ashley will catch the drift and sack Carver tonight for a new manager til the end of the season.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 20, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Thats all it takes is a little bit of organisation and getting players to try hard for you to get points in this league

    Its amazing how Carver cant even get that right

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  • Our Toon

    May 20, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Sparky

    Raylor, Willo, colback, Sammy, Armstrong all have the stomach for the fight?

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  • Moonraker15

    May 20, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Jail

    Will Man U even go for it?

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  • John Tudor

    May 20, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #25

    you making much blackley

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 20, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Advocaat seems a genuinely nice guy. Good luck to him. Haway wor Jonny .

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  • sparky55

    May 20, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #27

    our toon

    Krul

    anita janmaat, dummet, Guti
    Colback, Abeid, SDJ aarons
    Perez
    Cisse

    ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK!

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  • Online Guy

    May 20, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Anyone else heard the story going round of a Dick trying to find out names of Ashley out group ? ..And incentives offered ? What’s Happening, anyone know anything more ?.

    There is also a story doing the rounds, of infiltration, and an incentive to disrupt the AO group .. Dirty tricks afoot?

    AO group , watch your backs, this is interesting as it comes from someone very trustworthy.

    This could well be old news and you all know about it but its the first I’v heard.

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  • Graeme

    May 20, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #29

    If the rumour is true, that Dick Advokaat was offered £500k to take over and a bonus of £500k if he kept them up – he has earned every penny of it and it will be the best £1 Million that scum has ever spent!!!

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  • Our Toon

    May 20, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Sparky

    Krul
    Janmaat, Colo, Dummett, Anita
    Abeid, Colback
    Sissoko, Perez, Aarons
    Cisse

    SDJ isn’t anywhere near fit enough to be starting….game changer from the bench

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 20, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #31

    JB,
    The fat cnut had it all planned out to be ran on a shoestring with the support of a lot of fans. The splashing of a bit of cash at first, drinking with the fans and hiring of club legend KK. The deliberate underming and falling out with him and the inevitable fallout with the fans. Then the club up for sale (apparently) with a heartfelt statement saying how he wanted the best for the club. All of this to divide the fans so he could get on with his vision of minimum spend, zero success with maximum exposure for the real reason he bought us.

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  • Pokat

    May 20, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #32

    The stars are aligning but not in a good way. The nails are driven in one by one starting with the scum being safe. it’s the death by a thousand cuts with hull possibly grinding out a 1-0 win and us drawing? Nah man u must win surely. Surely?

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  • Moonraker15

    May 20, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #33

    When all’s said and done what have we got to look forward to if we do get lucky and stay up?

    We’re between a rock and a hard thing!

    If we go down Carver probably stays!

    AAAAGHHHHH

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  • Average_Contents

    May 20, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Interesting what o’shea said after the game (don’t usually give a shit what any of their players have to say)

    “it’s all thanks to sky for involving us in survival Sunday and I thought, I’m not having that”.

    Imagine our players. And honest john.

    “We tried our hardest but sky put so much pressure on us that we just couldn’t do it”

    Spineless the lot of them.

    The slug makes me physically sick.

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  • lesh

    May 20, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #35

    Advocaat gets a draw tonight taking his tally to eight points from four games – a 50% win rate.

    Meanwhile at the pleasuredome, the club have said recruitment is on the back burner while relegation is still a possibility.

    And, and this beggars belief, Charnley is understood to have resolved to stick with the same short-list of candidates they were looking at back at the turn of the year – McLaren, Garde and Carver – Mr 10% win rate!

    It’s astonishing that they still consider him as a realistic candidate.

    I think everybody apart from Carver, Charnley and presumably Ashley, knows that Carver is up to no more than taking training exercises.

    So, we can assume that if we do go down, they’ll appoint Carver. Christ, does it not occur to them that tactics etc are also employed in the Championship? They must think that Carver’ll be able to handle coaching at that level.

    Is there nobody in that club to get hold of Ashley’s throat and drum some sense into him!

    Ffs, it’s now we need a new man at the front, to lead, to develop players, to win games!

    Stick with Carver and we’ll take another drop!

    They couldn’t run a raffle let alone a multi-million pound business. Would anybody in their right mind give that responsibility to Carver? No!!!

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  • Spitfire

    May 20, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #36

    At the risk of getting dogs abuse: well done Sunderland. As someone who has, over the years, laughed at them, abused them, mocked them and even hated them I have to now congratulate them on their survival. At least they seem to have a management, board, players and fans that care and are willing to fight for their cause. All we have are fans that care – and judging by this and other blogs over the last few days – fans that are now starting to turn on each other assisting Ashley et all in the final master plan. Well done Sunderland it almost makes me want to turn red and white. Almost but not quite.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 20, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #37

    here you haven’t got a rich owner putting money in or borrowing millions from the bank, you end up with the club finances like NUFC’s and a policy that prioritises the Premier League. You rarely get success unless the club is really well run. NUFC has never been well run in my lifetime. So you have cycles of relegation and promotion. Some fans drift away in the bad times and come back in the good times.

    It’s not about money in Ashley’s pocket when you buy your ticket. You’re paying for your seat. Anyone who criticises shouldn’t be paying a Sky subscription or even going down the pub because it all feeds Ashley especially the Sky receipts. Hypocritical.

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  • mainemagpie

    May 20, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #38

    “If Hull City win and Newcastle don’t – Hull will survive.
    If Newcastle win the Magpies will survive.”

    Seriously, these are the only possibilities? come on…..

    1.If Hull lose and Newcastle lose Hull are relegated
    2.If Hull lose and Newcastle Draw Hull are relegated
    3.If Hull lose and Newcastle win Hull are relegated.
    4.If Hull draw and Newcastle lose Hull are relegated.
    5.If Hull draw and Newcastle draw Hull are relegated.
    6.If Hull draw and Newcastle win Hull are relegated.

    Six scenarios where Hull get relegated.

    1.If Hull win and Newcastle Draw Newcastle are relegated (goal difference).
    2.If Hull win and Newcastle lose, Newcastle are relegated.

    Two scenarios where Newcastle are relegated. Versus 6 where Hull are relegated. As an optimist go for the toon…..

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  • Brutooon

    May 21, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #39

    Looking at current form, there is NO way we can WIN EVER!

    – Man Utd will field out youngsters against Hull

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  • Stan the man

    May 21, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #40

    Congratulations Sunderland.
    I never thought I would say that!
    However, with the way they defended last night and the passion they showed, they deserve to remain in the Premier League.
    Remember also the way they supported us over the loss of John and Liam. Starting the collection and also standing along side us to applaud on the 17th minute during the derby game. Well done lads, I’m proud to have you as neighbors. Just hope our lads show a fraction of the passion on Sunday so we can enjoy the derby next year.

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