All posts tagged with: Adam Matthews

Sunderland Season Preview: the re-build

Sunderland’s policy has long been to sign old players in an inflated January market and change manager frequently. They always just about stayed up with that approach, but always with the sense that they were treading water. Last season, those years of short-term thinking caught up with the Black Cats, as supporter Michael Oates –… Read more →

Short-termism catches up with Sunderland

Sunderland have long been the Premier League’s masters of escapology, but this time, survival looks beyond even them. They will go down, probably as the division’s table-proppers, unless they can almost double their current points tally in the remaining 11 games. Such a return looks beyond even them and so the eye cannot help but… Read more →

Bristol City Season Preview: Tomlin’s talent

Bristol City went into last season with, perhaps, a false sense of security. They continued to play the expansive football that brought them an emphatic promotion the previous year and were caught out against better opposition, only a mid-season change of shape and manager improving results. Can the Robins soar once again? Or does another relegation battle await? The… Read more →

Championship Preview: Rotherham’s revival

Here are The Football Lab’s previews for all 12 of Tuesday night’s Championship matches. Bristol City and Rotherham look to continue their climb away from relegation danger. Chris Hughton returns to St Andrews as manager of promotion-chasing Brighton, Burnley and Cardiff look to build on good form while a disappointing 2016 means Hull and Derby must… Read more →

Bristol City fix right-back problem

Bristol City’s 2-0 defeat to rivals Cardiff on Saturday re-emphasized one key weakness in the Robins squad… right-back. Mark Little had been a stand-out performer in the team’s League One title winning campaign the year before, but that had been as a right wing-back. Without the insurance of an extra centre-back behind him, Little’s lapses in… Read more →