Articles by: Mark Donnelly

  • Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson (centre) reacts during the Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

    Five things we learnt: Sunderland 0-0 Burnely

    March 21, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Two points dropped or a point gained? That seemed to be the general debate as supporters exited the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon. For it seemed a missed opportunity for the Black Cats who, while far from dominating the game, had opportunities to put their visitors to bed. In a […]

  • Sunderland manager David Moyes (left) talks tactics to 	Sebastian Larsson. PA Images.

    Sunderland braced for relegation six-pointer against Burnley

    March 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    We’re well and truly into the business end of the season now, and Sunderland are preparing to welcome Burnley to the Stadium of Light in a relegation six-pointer. Games are running out for Sunderland, who are still rooted to the foot of the Premier League table and desperately need points if they […]

  • Durham took a draw from a tight affair in Watford.

    Durham Women maintain unbeaten start with draw at Watford

    March 13, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Durham Women maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a draw against Watford Ladies on Sunday. In testing conditions, the Wildcats battled through the first half before taking the lead through Emily Roberts ten minutes after the break. But the lead was short lived as Rinsola Babajdie equalised only […]

  • Sunderland's Jermain Defoe appears dejected after the final whistle.

    Five things we learned: Sunderland 0-2 Manchester City

    March 7, 2017 at 10:57 am

    In what was perhaps an expected defeat on Sunday, Sunderland remained rooted to the foot of the Premier League table after losing out to big-spending Manchester City. While at times there were glimpses of promise, it looked for large parts as if there was a lack of belief and desire from the Black Cats. […]

  • Durham Women

    Durham Women keep up unbeaten start to the season with Sheffield victory

    March 6, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Durham Women made it two wins from two in the FA WSL Spring Series courtesy of a win over Sheffield FC Ladies. In a hard-fought encounter with few clear cut chances, Nat Gutteridge headed home ten minutes into the second half to hand the Wildcats victory. Lee Sanders made two changes […]

  • Sunderland's Jermain Defoe (centre) levelled the scores the last time the two sides met.

    Moyes’ men prepare to welcome free-scoring City

    March 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Sunderland face yet another tough assignment in their battle for Premier League survival as they prepare to welcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to the North East. Fresh off the back of an emphatic win over Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup, City will be keen to put their inconsistent form of late behind […]

  • Sunderland's Jermain Defoe reacts with dejection after team mate's Jason Denayer scores an own goal during the Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

    Revealed! Does history suggest Sunderland will beat the drop?

    February 28, 2017 at 10:15 am

    As Sunderland prepare for the business end of the Premier League season, SportsByte trawls through the stats to see whether history suggests the Black Cats will stay in the Premier League. With the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and both Manchester sides still to be played before the end of the season, it’s a tough […]

  • Sunderland's Bryan Oviedo (left) and Everton's Seamus Coleman battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool.

    Five Things We Learned: Everton 2-0 Sunderland

    February 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Another Saturday, another defeat for Sunderland. It’s becoming an all too familiar story. While a trip to Goodison Park was unlikely ever to be placed in the ‘winnable’ column, the Black Cats’ dire situation means that they can’t afford to drop points – regardless of the opposition. An improved performance […]

  • Sunderland manager David Moyes. Nigel French/PA Wire.

    Four key talking points as David Moyes faces the media ahead of Everton trip

    February 25, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Sunderland return to Premier League action against Everton this weekend, and David Moyes has had his say ahead of the game at his weekly press conference. SportsByte rounds up the key talking points after the Sunderland boss faced the media. More Injury Concerns Moyes confirmed that ex-Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is set […]

  • Durham Women v Everton

    Penalty heartbreak for Durham Women in FA Cup

    February 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Durham Women FC are out of the Women’s FA Cup after a penalty shootout defeat against Everton Ladies. The Wildcats led 2-0 at the break after Beth Hepple and Becky Salicki netted in quick succession, before a fired up Everton came out after the break and levelled through Michelle Hinnigan […]