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By Paul Dobson
What a difference a couple of weeks makes! What a difference a couple of wins makes! Having watched Victor Anichebeast warming up, we Sunderland fans could be forgiven for wondering why Moyes had bothered, as the lad looked more like a heavyweight boxer than a footballer as he jogged along the line. Then he got a start at Bournemouth, and we were left wondering what on earth West Brom had done squeeze so little out of him. A goal on the south coast was followed by a second barnstorming display and another two goals against Hull. The closest I can come in describing him is as a rubgy player in the Jonah Lomu mould, as defenders simply bounced off Big Vic as he thunders up the field showing a remarkable turn of speed for such a large fella.
We might be second bottom (thanks, Swansea - I didn't realise how badly off you were) but at the moment we should be thankful that we can enjoy watching Big Vic, and especially his strike partner. In Defoe we have a player who, even at 34, is at the top of his game and is quite simply one of the best strikers the country has produced - a joy to behold. And he "gets" Sunderland - we've got to him. Appreciate him while you can, because we're lucky we've got him. Unfortunately, the curse of Sunderland has struck again, with Paddy McNair out for the season - but at least Larsson and Kirchoff scored as they return from injury. So it was a fairly straightforward swap with Pienaar for McNair and O'Shea for Papy. Lots of Liverpool possession but not much on target, and that was tge story of the first half. No penalty for what looked like a clear foul, but we were still in it at the break. A good chance for Watmore halfway through yhe second period should have seen us ahead, but no. Soon after they shot across the goal from our right and we were a goal down. After all that good defensive work, it was very frustrating. Ndong's foul on 90 gave them a second from the spot, and it was a good day spoiled.Not the end of the world, but a win at Swansea is a must.
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