Chris Coleman got a real reality check on Saturday afternoon.

The new Sunderland boss was taking charge of them at home for the first time and was met by a half empty Stadium of Light.

A dismal performance against fellow strugglers Reading saw Sunderland dominated by the visitors.

A senseless red card for Callum McManaman (who assaulted Massadio Haidara in that infamous Wigan v Newcastle match) on the stroke of half-time, was quickly followed by three early second-half goals. The Stadium of Light rapidly emptying despite half the second half remaining.

Loan striker Lewis Grabban got a late consolation goal but the only real consolation for them was that Sunderland didn’t return to the very bottom of the Championship.

Having beat Burton last week with late goals, the Mackems were once again indebted to their fellow strugglers as Burton conceded a late goal at Derby, which keeps Sunderland second off the bottom on goal difference.

The Mackems face league leaders Wolves away in their next game, before a home date with Fulham.

Sunderland have already smashed all kinds of records with their never-ending failure to win a home match and when they play Fulham on 16 December, it will be their very final chance to avoid the remarkable record of going a whole season without seeing a home win.

Good luck Chris Coleman – you can do it!

How the Championship table looks on Saturday teatime:

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Today’s defeat means that Sunderland already can’t match Newcastle’s points total of last season, even if The Mackems win all of their remaining 26 games they would still fall short of Newcastle’s 94 points total for 2016/17.



  • Paul Patterson

    Sorry, why are we bothered?

    • Whickhamrobbie

      spot on .

    • Mark Potter

      Because most people live in the real world, where colleagues, family members, neighbours and even “friends” are sad Mackems. We can still remain with our head up after our recent run, to know that they are going down to League 1, and that very few of them are going to the games. I have three family members who unfortunately were Mackems, and were season ticket holders. Now they go to see South Shields, because they see better football there. It”s funnier than watching a comedy show. SAFC keeping Geordies entertained for the last 18 months, with much more to come.

      Presumably you don’t understand the concept of LMAO.

  • Leicester Mag

    Couldn’t give a flying fouk. What is sad is just what a shambles NE football is. Hotbed? Sick joke sadly at present

  • TheFatController

    I find it quite easy to be more interested in what we do and also laugh at their demise.

    I don’t need them to be mutually exclusive. My brain can cope with both pastimes. One I devote more time to than the other. I watched our game today, I checked out how they were doing. It did cheer me up. It’s funny. Why? I don’t know, why do we laugh at jackass? Who cares so long as you’re getting a laugh, you don’t need to justify what you find funny to anyone.

    I also don’t need to patronised by the self righteous on here as somehow inferior for finding their home form funny. It’s all subjective. If you don’t like articles on them, don’t read them. It’s not compulsory. Nor is it compulsory to judge others on their enjoyment of it.

  • Albert Stubbins

    I thought Colman was going to be mustard?

  • Joseph Burton

    Dominated? Senseless? Obviously didn’t watch the game then, we controlled the first half and the red card was the most ridiculous I’ve ever seen… funny how when it happens to yous its disgraceful but when it happens to us its ok and the correct decision even though you haven’t seen it. And if you were in our position you wouldn’t even be getting 25k so don’t start with that.

    • wheyayeman

      We never wavered under 50k in the Championship, you’ve not got 25k in there you’ve got 25,000 pink empty seats. Enjoy League 1

    • TheFatController

      Of course he didn’t watch the game. Did anyone?

    • Leicester Mag

      At present both are pathetic, rather than scoring points of each other as fans both teams ought to get some points on the pitch

    • Albert Stubbins

      Lol lol. We were filling your ground in the 80’s you sad sack!! Ask you father,brother or cousin, probably the same person, what your chairman said about your own fans compared to Newcastles. Enjoy the third division and p*** off!!

    • Sadman

      Fuxx off you smb

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      We would not be getting twenty five thousand you are right we would be getting fifty thousand .

    • Vito Genovese

      You really shouldn’t compare yourselves to us as you simply don’t compare, never have done and never will. Ask agent Bob Murray.
      As far as discussing sunderland on a Newcastle website why wouldn’t you? It’s a big part of supporting Newcastle to pour scorn on the rabble from down the road whether they are doing relatively well (scraping premier league survival) or staring into the abyss with 30000 pink seats turning up every week to support them through thick and thin.

    • grantham mag

      Is that your real name, or is it. gone for a Burton

  • wheyayeman

    I will gladly take an article which takes the p**s out of 5under1and over any more Lawrenson / Merson prediction of our results or Danny Murphy’s analysis of our players…deal?

    • Leazes Ender

      They are adformercials for BetVictor the Tax evading bookies…… I don’t bother reading them.

      #PAYYOURTAXESBETVICTOR

  • Andy Mac

    There’s no need to read nor comment on an article about Makems demise if you dont want to ? They crowed last season when they had their tenuous grasp on PL safety yet went surprisingly quiet as they hurtled downwards to the EFL with the same velocity of a speeding bullet.

    There’s no love lost between us and there are those who say we miss the derby every season. Personally I’d rather see them in the Northern Premier League.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Or out of existence entirely. That horrible whiney accent isn’t normal. Twisty b******. Mind imagine not winning at home since your Baals dropped could have that effect I suppose.

    • Sadman

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • Geordiegiants

    Howare lads man, its all about Newcastle United. The imbreds are our closest rivals. Scumderland are part of our history, so to have a bit of craic about them on here is acceptable isnt it?

    • TheFatController

      I think they’d rather have the build up and match day atmosphere of Bournemouth or Watford, they don’t get motivated by rivalry clearly …

      Whereas for some rivalry adds another dimension to football alongside league placing, tactics etc

    • Leicester Mag

      Problem is that at present it’s like 2 mangy cats scrapping over a chicken carcus. Has NE been at a lower ebb?

      • Geordiegiants

        Exactly, it’s boring and not very fun, the craic with the imbreds is about the only thing to smile about.

      • HarryHype59

        Good analogy!

        Until both rid themselves of their incompetent owners, NE football will continue to struggle!

  • Leazes62

    Well from a personal point of view I do love seeing the mackems get humped, just as the red and whites i know love to see the same happen to us. Cos you can guarantee the talk in the ( probably mostly empty ) pubs in the town was all about us being turned over and it made them happy, for a while. So yeah, long may it continue

  • Steven05

    I think a lot depends on where you live. If it’s Newcastle it’s understandable not to care about what happens at sunderland, but a lot of Newcastle fans are from areas with a fairly equal amount of both sets of fans which makes a difference

    • Albert Stubbins

      Yes mate but the vast majority arnt. Plus I’d have thought the people who do live in areas of both. I.e south Tyneside and Durham presumably, would hate them just as much because of having to put up with their shyte more. I’m from Newcastle but work in annfield plain and there’s a few up there. Admittedly most of them pretend to have little interest in football now but if they do manage to scrape a win at home this century then I fully expect them to come crawling out of the woodwork again so it’s best to be prepared for the sad b*******!

      • Steven05

        I’m from South Shields but work in Newcastle, and I find that they irritate us (NUFC fans in South Shields) more than the NUFC NE postcode fans, who don’t have to deal with them as much! So yes, while I agree we shouldn’t give them a 2nd thought, I really do enjoy them getting what’s been coming to them for quite a while now!

        • Albert Stubbins

          Spot on mate. They deserve what’s coming to them. I only hope we don’t get what looks like could be coming to us. It’s like a disaster movie at the minute!!

    • Jezza

      I grew up in a place where Sunderland fans outnumbered Mags by 3 to 1 but I still can’t be bothererd with all this rivalry. I don’t care one way or another about SAFC they are just another team and I have got no animosity towards their fans either, put it this way, I’m not going to hate somebody for supporting their football team.

      • Steven05

        Some of my good friends are sunderland fans. They are able to have a sensible conversation about football whilst also having the rivalry ‘banta’. They also care more about their club than ours. But these are not the ones I have a problem with – no banners, no flags, no planes, just football fans

  • Jezza

    It’s getting very tedious. Can we please give it a rest and just concentrate on our own team. We’ve got enough problems of our own without worrying about Sunderland.

    • paul mclaughlan

      It’s a little light relief after our woes.

    • Leazes62

      If i was worrying , it would be because they were doing well, this isnt worrying, this is laughing.

    • Sadman

      I agree we have our own problems but hating the SMB is never tedious.

    • anyobrien

      The give it to us jezza… There no harm in discussing your rivals plight.

  • Saul Williams

    So sad to see the unwashed struggle.It must be awful being a mackem.Lets spare a thought for those less fortunate,especially at Christmas time.

    • Sadman

      No way. How long have you been following the toon Saul. Let the smb suffer. We need to hate them the way they hate us.

  • Grahame Johnson

    Went to the Leeds game with a good mate who’s a 52 year old life long Leeds fans I’m only stating a fact, people actually moved stands at half time which I’m glad as the other mag with me jumped up and said get in when Leeds scored their,2nd I just stood up and clapped, its hard to keep it in alas the ground was empty well before the end

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Tell Rafa to pick his best team not write articles about clubs who do not concern us this site should never mention Sunderland.

    • anyobrien

      Bollox.. It’s a football site get a get grip

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        What have Sunderland got to do with us nothing why not write an article why Rafa left the three players who turned the game round at West Brom on the bench. It’s a Newcastle web site and writing article about Sunderland just shows how badly Rafa is doing at the moment.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      Exactly !
      These articles are nothing but trifling piffle.

  • Oldgeordie

    I was relocated to my grandparents’ home in Co. Durham during the war and then lived in Burnopfield for seven years after the war. All those NUFC supporters who think we should not mock the afflicted (SAFC) should try living in a village where a ten year old kid had to suffer the slurs of grown men just because he supported Newcastle United. To me the Sunderland supporters are scum and always will be. Like one of the other comments I would love them to go out of existence. Best night for me was when we won the Fairs Cup. I was playing cricket in Sunderland that night and remember singing “Champions of Europe” all the way through Sunderland on my way north to God’s country.

    • anyobrien

      Your right there quick to have a dig at us so they deserve everything they get horrible halfwits

    • Leazes Ender

      You were playing cricket at ten o’clock at night, I didn’t know they had floodlights then?

      • Oldgeordie

        Not at ten o clock but certainly it was light enough at nine o clock. Result of match came through as we finished.

  • anyobrien

    One in a row dvd to be released for Christmas.

  • anyobrien

    I often go on there smb ready to go forum… It’s absolute comedy gold it cheers me right up…. They are so funny have a look man there mental.. 😂

    • Albert Stubbins

      I do myself. Great fun.

  • HarryHype59

    Gary Numan’s twin brother won’t save them! Grabben is going to be recalled in the Jan window!

    They have an owner who is even more incompetent than the Fat one!

    • Albert Stubbins

      The short one?

  • Michael

    Callum McManaman sent off for cheating! well I never. Great comment on channel 5 they were calling McManaman a coward. So not only is he a cheat he is also a coward, if ever a player was made for 5under1and. Just wish they’d get Mclean back from WBA

  • Leazes Ender

    Coleman is a pal of Alan Shearer…. they were at Blackburn together…. that’ll go down well on Weirdside.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Glass houses and aal that !

    I think we have enough troubles of our own without putting the boot into Sunderland, Even if they are our rival.
    We say they are obsessed with us, Well it doesn’t look like it with articles like this to peruse.
    Worry about your own team is what I say because we are going through a crisis ourselves and laughing at Sunderland is not going to steer us away from our own issues.

    Life is too short for this Porter bloke to keep writing trifling piffle for articles that have little to no relevance in the great scheme of things.
    If you are going to do articles then do them on something worth the time and effort instead of this schoolboy toilet humour stuff !

  • Steve Hughes

    They are even defecating in there own stadium now.

  • Andy Mac

    The record will be for the first club ever to fail to win at home in a calendar year. So maybe theres still a chance to create a DVD just in time for Christmas for all the young’uns living in Girocountry (or whatever they call it now)?