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TIME TO LIFT THE BLACK CLOUDS & FORGET DI PAST...

Byline: TERRY BUTCHER LEGEND BITES BACK

ALMOST four years ago, Sunderland defeated Liverpool with the help of a beach ball.

This afternoon another ball is planning to bring down the Reds again - the Black Cats' caretaker manager, Kevin Ball.

Just over 20 years ago I played alongside Bally, and the tenacious spirit and fire I saw back then will be evident in his side today.

With Luis Suarez back from suspension and Liverpool on an unbeaten Premier League away run of six matches, Bally's team talk will have to be Churchillian, but if the home team can make it through to half-time intact, then they may have half a chance. Brendan Rodgers' side is the only one not to score in the second period so far in this Premier League campaign.

Defensively, Sunderland haven't kept a clean sheet in the last nine PL matches, but Bally is the right man to sort that out, having been a tough and rugged centre half himself.

Di Canio's wrecking ball management is over - it's time for Sunderland to now have a Ball with Kevin.

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NOT HAVING A BALL: It's October 17, 2009. Darren Bent's shot hits a beach ball, thrown on by a fan, and sends stunned Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina the wrong way for the winner
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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 29, 2013
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