A bit of a meh game, meh performance and extremely expected result at the Riverside. Sunderland looked more organised and compact than usual, but we lacked any ingenuity going forward. Time to rate the players.
"Going down might be fine, at least we'll win a few home games." I said this, or something very similar, many times towards the end of our disastrous Premier League campaign. Here I am now pondering the team selection of managerless Sunderland currently rock bottom of the Championship.
Sunderland went into the game knowing if they were to lose they’d go bottom of the league.
I think entertaining is the most polite term I can muster to describe yet another Sunderland performance. There were, at least, some moments to celebrate unlike most home games for the past year and we were given another reason to do just that shortly after full time. For now, however, it's time to rate the players!
Ten goals, six points - sounds great doesn't it? Until I mention that those figures represent Sunderland's 'positive' haul at home for the entire 2017. That is in 19 matches. We lose again at home and it's anyone's guess as to whether this will ever end. One thing is for sure, we're going nowhere with Simon Grayson as manager - time to rate the players.
Sunderland do a two goal lead like only Sunderland can do. By mucking it up again via our disorganised defence debilitated by incompetence on the field and, arguably more so, the sidelines. Time to rate the players on another Saturday spoilt.
Sunderland earn their second league point at home with a magical moment from Aiden McGeady rescuing an otherwise drab and disorganised performance. Time to rate the players!
Sunderland travelled to Deepdale for a Championship clash with manager Simon Grayson's former side Preston North End. The Lilywhites have been in decent form recently, unlike the Wearsiders who only have one league win all season.
Sunderland not losing is quite the surprise, Sunderland not winning remains a big problem. It was a much improved Sunderland display that fell short once more - now is your chance to rate the players!
Sunderland travelled to to Portman Road in poor form. Simon Grayson's men sat 3rd from bottom and with only one league win all season, it wasn't looking good for the Black Cats going into the match.