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Post  cyprussyd on Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:34 pm

Fri 07 Jul 19:30
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Grayson confirms players returning to training today (O'Shea, Ndong, Lens, Embleton) won't play on Fri at Bury 





The first of a run of friendlies and our first if not reviling look at a Grayson team and style.


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Post  The Yakker on Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:39 pm

cyprussyd wrote:
Fri 07 Jul 19:30
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Grayson confirms players returning to training today (O'Shea, Ndong, Lens, Embleton) won't play on Fri at Bury 





The first of a run of friendlies and our first if not reviling look at a Grayson team and style.
Do you know if on live like last pre season or was that because we was in France
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Josh Maja

Post  cyprussyd on Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:52 am

Simon Grayson believes Sunderland have an “exceptional talent” in Josh Maja.


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Post  cyprussyd on Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:29 am

Yes it's just a meaningless friendly, more of a training exercise than a game but I don't care, football is back at last.

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Joel Asoro is targeting first-team football with Sunderland – as work continues to bolster the club’s attacking options.


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1-0 to Bury

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2-0 Bury

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2-1 Rodwell

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2-3 and a winning start to the Grayson era


Goals from Rodwell and maja 2

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Post  cyprussyd on Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:20 pm

safc.com’s Oscar Chamberlain takes you through all the action at Gigg Lane as Simon Grayson’s tenure as Sunderland manager got off to a winning start.
SUMMARY
The Simon Grayson era started with Majic show as 18-year-old striker Josh Maja netted twice late on to seal a 3-2 win for Sunderland against Bury at Gigg Lane. The Shakers stole the show in the first-half as goals from Andrew Tutte and Callum Reilly handed the home side a two-goal advantage, but they were pegged back before the break as an inventive flick from Jack Rodwell reduced the arrears. Seven changes at the interval saw the likes of Vito Mannone, Billy Jones and Lee Cattermole earn a deserved rest following 45 minutes of match action, with a further four changes coming on the hour mark. And it was these changes that did the trick for Grayson’s men as the infectious desire of Sunderland’s young guns paved the way and led to a late fightback. First, Maja linked well with Khazri showing experience and determination to finish a fluid move, before the youngster topped it all off with a cracking back-post volley four minutes from the end to seal a 3-2 win. Next stop, Hibernian. 
MATTHEWS RETURNS
The team news, expectedly, provided a mixed bag as a blend of familiar faces and youth took to the field at Gigg Lane. Without a doubt the most notable name to be included in the starting XI was that of Adam Matthews, who returned to the squad for the first time in 23 months. The former Celtic defender signed for Sunderland in the summer of 2015 but made just two appearances before finding himself out of the first-team frame following the departure of Dick Advocaat. Matthews, 25, spent last season on loan at Bristol City and his return made for an intriguing watch.  Elsewhere, Luke Moluneux, Rees Greenwood and Lynden Gooch were handed the chance to impress as Bury selected former Black Cat Joe Murphy and new signing Jermain Beckford, who scored a hat-trick for Simon Grayson’s Preston North End at Wembley in the 2015 League One play-off final.
BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT
An electric opening at Gigg Lane saw Bury race out of the traps and catch the Black Cats cold. With less than 60 seconds played James Vaughan got the wrong side of Lamine Kone and forced the Ivorian into a vital – but illegal – intervention, as the defender stepped across the former Everton striker and sent him tumbling to ground to prevent a one-on-one situation. The referee’s whistle sounded and in a competitive game a card would have been branded, but man in the middle Darren Handley allowed the challenge to slide. Vaughan struck the set piece low and hard but the wall held firm and the danger was cleared to avert the early danger.
ONE BRADLEY LOWERY
A rousing applause was held ahead of the game to remember the vibrate and unforgettable life of Bradley Lowery, who sadly lost his long battle with neuroblastoma earlier in the day. And on six minutes the supporters came together once more as the chant of ‘One Bradley Lowery’ echoed around Greater Manchester. The side, who confirmed that all gate receipts from the game would be donated to the youngster’s cause, also emblazed pictures of the brave youngster on their big screen throughout the game, in a true show of solidarity and class that will never be forgotten on Wearside – just like Lowery himself.
BURY SHAKE IT UP
The early stages of pre-season are about one thing and one thing only – fitness. But Bury showed no signs of rust with 19 minutes played as the Black Cats failed to clear and the Shakers punished their Sky Bet Championship counterparts. Good hold-up play from Vaughan was spotted by Tutte who arrived right on cue to send a cushioned first-time finish beyond Vito Mannone and into the top corner. And eight minutes later they doubled up with a similarly impressive finish once again giving the Italian stopper no chance. This time it was all about Callum Reilly, who turned his man with aplomb before dispatching a curling finish into the top corner. Game over? Not quite. With 27 minutes played a deft flick from Rodwell turned Honeyman’s low corner through a raft of bodies and into the net to reduce the deficit before the break.
CHANGING FACES
Sunderland made five changes at the break as Mika, Tom Robson, Donald Love, Ethan Robson, Darron Gibson, Wahbi Khazri and Josh Maja entered the fray. A pretty uninspiring 15 minutes followed before further fresh legs were introduced in the form of Michael Ledger, Tom Beadling, Denver Hume and Owen Gamble, as Kone, Djilobodji, Honeyman and Gooch clocked up an important hour of pre-match miles.
THE MAJIC SHOW
Maja, 18, gained plenty of plaudits following an impressive week in Austria but speaking to safc.com he targeted one thing at Gigg Lane to top it all off – goals. And with 77 minutes played he got his reward with a goal that underlined his desire to work his socks off in style. A tough Bury defence had been physically testing the youngster following his introduction, but sublime movement and searing pace unlocked the Shakers and saw Sunderland level. Maja picked up the ball and slipped it into Khazri who weaved one way and then the other before crafting the space to shoot, but instead he chose to fire the ball into the six-yard box where the striker ended a lung-busting run with a clinical close-range finish. But there was plenty more to come. With 86 minutes on the clock Maja had the red and white army on their feet once again as he rattled a first-time volley beyond Murphy to seal a memorable win for Sunderland an unforgettable evening for the youngster. 
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Attendance: 2,110 (724)

Sunderland XI [first-half]: Mannone, Jones, Kone, Djilobodji, Matthews, Cattermole, Rodwell, Molyneux, Honeyman, Greenwood, Gooch.
Sunderland XI [second-half]: Mika, T Robson, Kone, Djilobodji, Love, Gibson, E Robson, Honeyman, Gooch, Khazri, Maja.

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Post  cyprussyd on Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:27 pm

Kone and papy, Neither look interested. Especially kone. Papy trying a bit harder but just very very clumsy. Still wants to be away (yes I’m aware we lack in CB but still)

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Simon Grayson praised the application and endeavour of his players in their first pre-season test and reserved a special mention for two-goal hero Josh Maja.
Jack Rodwell and Lee Cattermole fashioned a number of early openings from range, but the Lads were unable to take full advantage as Bury soared into a 2-0 lead inside 27 minutes.
Grayson’s side refused to lay down, though, and instead rolled their sleeves up with George Honeyman, Rees Greenwood and Luke Molyneux applying some pressure in the final third.
Rodwell halved the deficit before the break, flicking home Honeyman’s near-post corner to give the 724 travelling away fans something to cheer about.
While chances were at a premium in the second period due to wholesale changes from both sides, a late double from Maja saw him turn the match on its head to give the Black Cats and Grayson a winning start to pre-season.
Speaking post-match Grayson delivered his verdict. 
“We pretty much got from it what I thought we would to be honest.
“We’ve not had a chance to do too much work in terms of the team shape; there was some decent stuff at times and there was some poor stuff at times, but I don’t think it’s any different to what I think we needed to work on and what I we need to add to the squad.”
He continued: “Ultimately, the players had a good attitude and worked hard, pre-season isn’t about winning matches but it can breed confidence and when you’ve not won for a long time it can certainly help with belief.
“I thought the tempo was a lot better in the second-half – we passed forward a little bit more, we asked more questions and defensively looked a lot sounder.
“I said the other day that Josh [Maja] is a player that’s impressed me with his work and what he’s done, so he’s got an opportunity today and he took his goals really well.
“I thought his link-up play was good as well which needs to be part of his armoury and I thought the two centre halves did well, and Ethan Robson did well in the midfield so it was pleasing for the youngsters.”

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Post  cyprussyd on Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:26 am

Simon Grayson's debut game in charge, the first outing of that new strip, a squad still littered with gaps after a delayed start to the summer rebuild but a chance for Sunderland to begin to take stock and move forward with plotting the Championship campaign which begins in under four weeks' time.

That was Bury 2 vs Sunderland 3. Here's five things we learned in conversation with Walshie this morning from his mam and dad's spare room somewhere in Lancashire.


1. Gibson oozes class at this level

He's become a little-maligned but Darron Gibson was a cut above on the pitch last night. Composed, spraying passes around - admittedly against League One opposition in a pre-season game - but his class shone through.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][size=13]Now he's got over the misery of last season, we should expect more from Darron Gibson Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images[/size]
The scars from last season's brutal relegation are taking time to heal and Gibson has become synonymous with David Moyes' failed recruitment policies. But with a Championship reboot and a summer refresh, Sunderland supporters will come to appreciate the 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international.

Half a match in a summer friendly may leave the jury out on Gibson, and his ability to overcome that tendency to fade in games will be tested in the Championship, but signs were positive from this 45 minutes.



2. Djilobodji still looks dodgy

Another comedy figure from last season, many remain hopeful that £8m man Papy Djilobodji will be an asset in the second-tier. His showing last night did little to affirm that fading glimmer of optimism.
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The man famous for playing just 59 seconds as a Chelsea defender after his 2015 signing, played an hour last night and did little restore any confidence in him.

Shaky and positioned wrong, the 28-year-old can be excused for looking out of sorts in pre-season had he earned sufficient credit from last season for us to overlook his weaknesses.
He has barely played since he whacked Darren Fletcher in January and may need a run of games in a settled defence but who knows what the future holds for him and his partner for 60 minutes last night, Lamine Kone.


3. Maja impresses but Sunderland are desperate for strikers

Fresh from praise from new boss Simon Grayson who appears to have identified him as one-to-watch from that initial training camp in Austria, 18-year-old Josh Maja has bagged this morning's headlines for his two-goal haul.

Maja's match winners saved a few Mackem blushes and handed the 700 travelling Sunderland supporters a couple of strikes to cheer.
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And credit to him, but this match highlighted exactly where Grayson now needs to focus his meagre war chest in the next week or two. Sunderland need strikers - and a few of them.
In the first half, the Black Cats - who have spent so long looking for freshly-departed talisman Jermain Defoe as an outlet - were lacking a focal point to aim progress towards the opposition goal.
The introduction of Maja and Khazri helped but a target-man and a striker with some pace and aggression must be at the top of Grayson's shopping list this morning.


4. Sunderland must make a play to keep Khazri

He endured a sorry season under David Moyes but if we were the Sunderland management and coaching staff we'd be round Wahbi's house this morning buying him breakfast and bigging up his prospects of tearing up the Championship next season.
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Khazri's movement and ability on the ball is now roughly the most exciting thing about the Black Cats' squad and it showed again last night, setting up one of Maja's goals and generally looking lively.

Can't we keep him Simon?


5. A little patience is needed

Ok, so the summer didn't start how any of us would have liked. Takeover talk which ultimately proved to be gibberish nonsense and the miserable wake of Moyes had left Sunderland in a godawful state as June passed the club by.
But we're off. With a new manager and playing football again. He may not have been the devilishly cunning appointment many wanted but Simon Grayson has impressed most so far.
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Sunderland on this showing at Bury are way off being the finished Grayson article that will start the season or how the squad will look come the close of the transfer window.
But some supporters in the red-and-white end were already up in arms by the time the Shakers raced to an early two-goal lead. Early criticism and impatience with the first 45 minutes seemed a little perplexing after the new man has only had a little over a week to get to work.
Some patience will be needed through the sequence of pre-season friendlies and perhaps into the beginning of the Championship campaign. The squad will evolve quickly and by the time Celtic come to visit at the end of the month it should look a little more substantially rebuilt.
Until then, expect some bumps in the pre-season road and perhaps we all just need to take this summer for what it is and watch the rebuild unfold.

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