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Sunderland feeling affects of injuries and absence of Bent

The Stadium of Light hasn't had been so bright for Sunderland sincethe sale of Darren Bent to Aston Villa during the January transfer window. (Courtesy Les Hull)

By Ryan Fleming

It can be hard to swallow, but the exit of Darren Bent has directly led to the downfall of Sunderland. Digest it fully, because it’s true. When Bent, an England international, was shipped to Aston Villa for 15m, manager Steve Bruce maintained that the team would trudge on without it’s best player.

Nothing that Sunderland has done backs up what the one time Manchester United star has said, and the most recent 3-0 loss to Fulham at the Stadium of Light further exemplifies the utter struggles that the team inherited.

In the team’s most recent loss, Bruce relied heavily on Stéphane Sessègnon up front to provide the needed attack while Asamoah Gyan, Danny Welbeck and Frazier Campbell sat out due to injury. The almost-forced experiment was a complete failure.

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Bordeaux issues present despite win

Bordeaux midfielder Yoann Gourcuff (right) assisted on his club's game-winning goal on Sunday afternoon. The 2-1 win was Bordeaux's first of the season after an 0-0-2 start. (Photo Courtesy Le Mensuel de Rennes)

By Ryan Fleming

Something happened to Bordeaux late last season: it started losing. That might sound commonplace in a sport where winning or losing can depend more on confidence than skill. But with the now-French national coach, Laurent Blanc, at the helm, the team from Southwest France skidded its way out of European play at the end of the season with a litany of poor performances before its elimination from the Champions League by league foe, Lyon.

In late May, Marouane Chamakh, the team’s most talented forward joined Arsenal on a free transfer suddenly leaving les Girondins with a gaping hole up front and no visible replacement lined up.

Two games into the 2010-11 season, Bordeaux followed its predictive form – struggling to score and without a point from its two league games. In Sunday night’s match against Paris Saint Germain, Bordeaux displayed both its struggles and the likely solutions in the 2-1 win over PSG. Continue reading

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