David Moyes shirked blame once again for Sunderland's troubles this season, accepting criticism from supporters and immediately lumping it onto his own players. It led to the first suggestion that the Scot is ready to walk out and leave us all. What a crying shame that would be.
I wouldn't suggest that the players deserve any kind of solace from such criticism, but I find it incredibly arrogant of Moyes to try and shift blame. The man just oozes motivation, doesn't he? Anyway, tomorrow Bournemouth are the ones travelling to Wearside for an easy three points. Which eleven will Moyes select for which he has no faith in?
Lamine Kone's continued absence from the squad speaks volumes of just how much the Ivorian cares. Lead legs John O'Shea continues to keep last summers £20m+ valued centre back out of the side. I don't envisage any changes in the back four that sits in front of Jordan Pickford, with Jason Denayer partnering O'Shea in the middle. Wide of them will be Billy Jones and Javi Manquillo with Bryan Oviedo unlikely to feature before the end of the season.
Hopefully Darron Gibson is dropped. His performances of late actually have me pining for Jack Rodwell starts tomorrow - a genuine feeling that I have never felt before. A feeling I never thought existed. Lee Cattermole and Didier Ndong will retain there place.
Up front Jermain Defoe will continue to receive little service from our other 'creative' players and Victor Anichebe is expected to keep his spot despite doing little of note since returning from injury. You sense Moyes will seize the opportunity to drop Wahbi Khazri in favour of Adnan Januzaj. Let's be honest though who really cares? I'm surprised I mustered the inspiration to predict a line up!
Predicted line up (contain your excitement);
Pickford, O'Shea, Denayer, Jones, Manquillo, Rodwell, Cattermole, Ndong, Januzaj, Anichebe, Defoe.