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Post  Kipper on 2017-10-10, 10:39 pm

With McNair scoring. Him and  Watmore rated 7 by the Echo. Both played 45 mins. Bodes well. Onwards and upwards and everyting crossed.
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Post  Silvers on 2017-10-10, 11:12 pm

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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-10-10, 11:39 pm

Excellent news. Maybe the tide is turning at last. Onwards and upwards Very Happy
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Post  Kipper on 2017-10-11, 8:54 am

and it looks like Rodwell and the management have decided he's a centre back now. One last throw of the dice? Happy for him to play there...for the U23s.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-10-11, 10:20 am

During their long lay-off together, Duncan Watmore admits he and Paddy McNair regularly replicated the one-two at QPR that helped pushed both firmly into the first-team thoughts of David Moyes last season. That was one of two goals for McNair on a night that signalled he could perhaps have an impact in a more advanced role than many had assumed he would feature in when signed from Manchester United. Injury stalled that progression but last night, in front of a few hundred fans, he finally restarted the journey. Fitting, then, that it was Watmore who had a crucial hand in the goal that marked the Northern Irishman’s comeback after 10 long months on the sidelines. ADVERTISING This was nowhere near as neat or aesthetically pleasing as the one in the League Cup at Loftus Road, but it was effective nonetheless. Watmore stole the ball in the box as he threatened to do all night, his shot well blocked by the advancing Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Leon Bruggemeier. The ball rebounded to the edge of the area where McNair sent a looping header goalwards. It was just reward for a first half in which Sunderland, while not creating a gluttony of chances, controlled their opening Premier League International Cup group game against a side younger and less powerful. McNair started quietly, but, as the half progressed, began to show the qualities that highlight why Sunderland manager Simon Grayson eagerly awaits his return. Physically he was strong, winning headers, dribbling forward with increasing confidence as he began to find space. Perhaps most encouragingly, on two or three occasions, he almost released Watmore after spotting his moves between the Hertha defenders. Alongside the tidy Ethan Robson, the trio looked like the first-team players that they are in a composed display. Watmore’s performance was another that underlined why he ought to be utilised in a more central role this campaign. In truth, the ball never quite broke for him, but the panic he spreads amongst opponents is visible at every level and is refreshing to see a centre-forward who does not give opponents a second on the ball. That was evident early in the game when he stole the ball and raced through on goal, only to be challenged just as he was set to get the shot away. The 23-year-old was substituted at half-time after picking up a knock in a firm challenge, but his thumbs-up to the bench before the whistle and the ease with which his movement returned suggests, hopefully, that was merely a precaution. After the game, coach Elliott Dickman confirmed that was a pre-planned change. Hertha, it must be said, were nowhere near the level of some of the opponents Sunderland faced in this competition last season, particularly the beguiling Porto side who won the final here in May. That will prevent any onlookers from getting too carried away with the performance of the returning duo, but it will come as a boost to Grayson to have two young players, who, in so many ways, fit the profile of the type of player he wants in his side, back in the fold. Watmore, fitness permitting, is surely not far away from a first league start and, judging by his progression over the last month or so, games against Bolton and Middlesbrough might present the perfect opportunity to reintroduce McNair before the next international break. This was far from a classic at the Stadium of Light, but all over the pitch there were encouraging signs from established and junior players alike. In the second half, Sunderland were put under severe pressure from the visitors, but stood tall at the back and pinched a second when the exciting Jack Diamond broke into the box and was felled. The penalty was confidently dispatched by impressive captain and centre-back Thomas Beadling. Brendan Galloway and Jack Rodwell both impressed, the latter seemingly open to the idea of a permanent conversion to the centre-back position. Their performances encouraged, though this contest clearly fell well short of replicating the pressure and physicality of a Championship contest. The attention now turns in earnest to QPR on Saturday, McNair will not be involved in that one, nor will Josh Maja, but there were signs here that when he does, he will have a big role to play. It has been a long time coming, but both he and Watmore look in the mood to pick up exactly where they left off. Sunderland U23s: Talbot, Love, Rodwell, Beadling, Galloway, Molyneux, E Robson (Gamble 45), Bale, McNair (Diamond 45), Greenwood, Watmore (Nelson 45). Subs not used: Taylor, Woud, Hume, Hackett Hertha Berlin: Bruggemeier, Klehr, Fuchs, Cakmak, Morack, Mittelstadt, Kauter, Kiprit, Haubitz, Mirbach (Zografakis 67), Beyer.

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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-10-11, 10:33 am

A great read. Encouraging and even Jack Rodwell at centre half got praised! I have long said that is where he should play for us, as that is where he started out as a youngster. It may be the saving of him. Many will disagree of course (looking at you Sunderpitt  tongue )

They do say the darkest hour is just before the dawn and maybe we have just found that out. With Watmore and McNair ready to come back and Maja and Grabban soon, things may just be looking up on the field at last.

Quite excited for Saturday. See, after just a week of internationals, even the most jaded and disillusioned of us get the bug back again Very Happy
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Post  cyprussyd on 2017-10-11, 11:10 am

And many thought he was drunk..


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Totally different after this break. I expect SAFC to start playing good football and more importantly winning. Actually I dont expect I know. I originally thought it might be Nov/Xmas time but Grayson is ahead of schedule.

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Post  Hieronymus on 2017-10-11, 11:23 am

Apparently Jack Rodwell at centre back is definite Very Happy

This from SAFC live blog in the Chronicle this morning:

Jack Rodwell to go at centre-back

Jack Rodwell is being converted to a centre-back. This is Elliot Dickman on the change:
I think he’s had a conversation with the manager and is quite keen to play in that position and see how it goes. The two games he’s played in, I think he’s done well. He’s helped Thomas Beadling and Denver Hume – he’s an old head in there, he’s helped the lads.
If that’s where he wants to play and the manager is comfortable with it, then I am as well.

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The blog also has some links to good news on Maja and Grabban as well as other bits and pieces including that it is Nyron Nosworthy's birthday today! Happy birthday Nyron, never the greatest player but a great character and a legend at SAFC! Very Happy

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Post  sunderpitt on 2017-10-11, 1:53 pm

I always thought Roswell's best position would be in the legendary 'left behind the goal' slot

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Post  gil t azell on 2017-10-11, 8:10 pm

McNair is a bigger positive than Watmore imo. 

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