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The Roker Report

Di Canio needs to heal Sunderland's scars from previous season

The case for Connor Wickham

Back to the bread and butter – at last

Changes at the top testament to Quinn's success

It’s time to face up to reality

Bruce proves a point or three

Cats’ malaise deepens as Gyan goes

Good things come to those who wait

Few positives, but progress made

Sunderland heading for the beach - but there is much to cheer

Bruce's prudence is called into question

John Mensah models the new kit

Sunderland away kit revealed

Capello's comments insult both Bent and Sunderland

Capello's comments insult both Bent and Sunderland

Wrong battle at the wrong time

Too many losers in transfer mayhem

DARK DAY: Hopefully, Sunderland can avoid repeating these scenes from Hallowe’en, where the Black Cats were beaten 5-1 at St James’ Park

Let’s just enjoy the football

Jordan Henderson

At least two reasons to be cheerful

Bad boy Cattermole steals Gyan's limelight

Getting shirty about the constant kit change

BENT: Player of the season

Progress made

Man City, and Fulop's part in their downfall

THIS CHARMING MAN: Morrissey, of the Smiths. West Ham fan.

Enemies to be made in Manchester this weekend

It's all about the dirty cash nowadays

Playing away still fails to light Black Cats’ fire

DELIGHT: Darren Bent

Bent's brace, Bolo's belter - bloomin' brilliant

GOAL: Fraizer Campbell wheels away after scoring against Aston Villa on Wednesday

A push for Europe is too little, too late

Bargain basement buy denies moneybags City

HAT-TRICK HERO: Darren Bent deserves to go to South Africa on the back of his exploits for Sunderland

Winter of discontent finally over?

MUST DO BETTER: Bruce has fared no better than Ricky Sbragia, despite an embarrassment of riches being available to him

Club's charm offensive is a tricky task

MISMATCH: McCartney v Walcott

Lady Luck, smile on Sunderland again

TONIC: Jordan Henderson

Henderson’s just the tonic

Bruce's roots nothing to do with rot

KEEP AWAY FROM JELLYFISH: Darren Bent

Outside influences wrecking Cats' campaign

NEW BOY: Benjani just made it over the line after a last-minute holdup

The winners and losers in the transfer window

MAIN MAN: Steve Bruce needs to use all of his management nous to turn Sunderland's fortunes around

Travel-sick Sunderland need to arrest the slide

ANOTHER ONE: Michael Ballack hits one of seven goals in last Saturday's drubbing

Cats fans easy targets for banter merchants

THE BIG THAW: Not John Thaw, of course...

Thanks for taking that decision for me

COLD SNAP: Postponement will cause a fixture backlog later on in the season

Won't somebody think of Gary Lineker?

BREATH OF FRESH AIR: Jordan Henderson

Hughes a welcome distraction for Cats

FALTERING HERO: Richardson is failing to meet expectations, three years on from his £5m transfer

Fight or flight for faltering Cats

A-TEAM PLAYER? Steve Bruce needs a solution to Sunderland's travelling blues

Should SAFC take the BA Baracus approach to travel?

LORIK CANA: One of the only players to put a shift in

Nice pies, shame about the performance

SILLY BOY: No such thing as an easy game in Premier League

McCartney's boasts are ill-advised

Why Steve Bruce should pay no attention to Dave Whelan

Bent's worthy of England spot

Who needs Sandra, we've got Darren Bent

Sunderland's season hits a Brum note

Life's a beach for Reds

Seven-year itch for Sunderland's England recognition

Scrap the international break

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