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Sunderland v Derby

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Real football about to start...

Lewis Grabban & James Vaughan v Martin, Johnson, Butterfield and Wisdom...

How on earth have Sunderland ended up with James Vaughan as their main striker?

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Not exactly a full house, in fact almost empty.Life in the Championship is probably hard to take when you''ve escaped the drop for years on end

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It would appear somebody forgot to tell the Sunderland fans that there was a game tonight.

Re. James Vaughan - £500k for a guy that scored 24 goals in League One may actually turn out to never a shrewd bit of business

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Thought they both looked pretty awful. Individual bits of brilliance, but neither side seemed to have much of a plan.

Suspect if we played like that Farke would go Farking berserk.

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Can never read too much into the first game but Sunderland look to be lacking big time in quality bar Grabban. Derby have a bit more about them but bar Russell little movement at the top end of the pitch.

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Lots of hustle and bustle, fluster and bluster, typical Championship fare. Makes me wonder just how much DFs  brand and style of football will stand out in the Champs this season. Not long to wait and find out now i guess.

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It was quite amusing hearing the Sunderland fans roar as Grabban was chasing down the last defender who had the ball. They clearly haven''t realised he couldn''t hit a barn door yet. Even if he''d won the ball and gone clean through, smart money would have been on him fluffing it.

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[quote user="Hoola Han Solo"]Grabban was a decent player for us.[/quote]
He started off well in August and scored 5 in 5 in the first 3 weeks, and was then absolutely useless for most of the season. He went 5 months scoring 1 goal in total (14th September to February), despite starting nearly every game (I think Jerome was injured for a bit but could be wrong). He then had a decent spell with 5 in 5 over the course of 2 weeks shortly after Neil took over, got injured for 6 weeks and didn''t score again in the last few games, although he did manage that stupid Red card at Rotherham away that cost us the game (not that it mattered in the end, and thankfully meant he was suspended for playoffs).
So he was a very good player for a total of 5 weeks, then other 5 months of the only season he was used significantly, and he was available; he was utter shyte.
In the Prem, he wasn''t really used and managed 1 goal (Aaron Wilbraham managed a Prem goal in under half the minutes it took Grabban to get his).
https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/lewis-grabban/leistungsdaten/spieler/35413/plus/0?saison=2014

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Grabban is a streaky player, finishing looked decent if he was acting on instinct but give him any time to think about it and he went to pieces.

He did help us get up and we sold him for more than double what we paid so it worked out ok.

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Agree that the deal as a whole worked out (although some would argue we''d have gone up automatically with a more clinical striker) but to say he was a ''good player'' for us is just silly

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