Team of bottlers & finished bad smells; Sunderland plumb depths in Reading loss - 5 first thoughts


Another home game, another defeat - why change the habit of the last 12 months? Chris Coleman has a huge task on hands to change the mentality of his Sunderland side and in the new year shift out those who are no longer of any use .


Callum McManaman bears the brunt of fan anger on Wearside this evening after summing up exactly what the issue is with this squad of Sunderland players. A professional footballer who through either his own dumb indecision, or worse still, by bottling what would have been a goalscoring header, managed to get himself sent off and cost his side so dearly. 

The summer signing has only himself to blame after turning a certain goal in with his arm. His pre-half time brain fart or display of sheer bloody arrogance changed the course of what should have been a platform for Chris Coleman's new side to begin banishing some of the bad memories which have haunted the Stadium of Light this past twelve months. Disgraceful. 

Little else to cheer for the hardy souls who continue to attend this most depressing venue at which to watch football. Here's our hasty first five conclusions. 

Aside from Lewis Grabban, Simon Grayson signed a whole of load of crap

Juries have politely been sent out for long enough following Simon Grayson's valiant attempt at signing a whole new squad for the footballing equivalent of a packet of Space Raiders, but it's time to face it - bar Lewis Grabban, everyone he signed is utter chod. 

McManaman should be chased down the A19 this evening for his ludicrous idiocy before half time but there's now nobody who arrived in the summer bar the striker ploughing a lone furrow on loan from Bournemouth, who can be considered 'decent'. 

Of the other summer arrivals on the pitch today, Aiden McGeady was awful again and has added a new string to his bow - giving the ball away every time he comes near it. Tyias Browning was at fault for Reading's third and Robbin Ruiter was once again beaten at his near post for Mo Barrow's volley. 

The rest are all knackered or too crap to even be considered. Chris Coleman has a helluva job here to reverse the dreadful damage done by the recruitment of Moyes and Grayson. 

Mental infirmity

James Vaughan demonstrated it again last week and Callum McManaman summed it up perfectly today. This group of Sunderland players are the weakest and stupidest to have ever set foot on a Wearside pitch. 

The former was booked for being an idiot seven days ago and so earned himself a suspension and the latter beautifully confirmed how utterly gormless those in red-and-white are with his comedy routine today. 

But it's not just them. It's everything about the side. Admittedly there was little before the sending off to suggest Sunderland would have won this afternoon. The game was already looking like being the usual Stadium of Light slog against a Reading side quite comfortable in possession, but the indiscipline and mental infirmity amongst the Black Cats will see us relegated. 

Get shot 

With a bit of luck, the phones of a few Sunderland player's agents will start ringing hot this week as Chris Coleman begins to rid the club of those way past their best and the several who never wanted to be here in the first place. 

Lee Cattermole was again appalling and the Championship now looks beyond him. John O'Shea remains at the heart of the division's joint leakiest defence - an honour shared with Burton - and Darron Gibson was his usual yard off the pace. Time to clear them out. 

Get the kids in

Only George Honeyman, Joel Asoro and Lynden Gooch can genuinely look themselves in the mirror this evening after that display. All aged 23 and under and all again putting their senior colleagues to shame. It was just a pity that only the former started the game. 

Surely it's worth hoying Asoro in particular into the mix for next week's daunting trip to Wolves. Heck throw the lot in - Maja, Love and Galloway were on the bench today, just chuck em all in. 

Must invest in January or League One here we come

So Sunderland return to joint bottom of the table on points as December gets into full swing. There's only one way this team are heading and expecting a new manager bounce alone to save us from League One is playing with fire. 

Ellis Short will have to invest in the playing squad when the transfer window opens in a few weeks. It doesn't need to be oodles of cash but Chris Coleman must be given the licence to dramatically refresh his new side or the consequences look grim. 

Even the new manager's maiden game at the Stadium of Light failed to draw in many of the fan base who have decided enough is enough. 27,000 is a decent crowd but the thousands of supporters who have packed in will not be returning to Sunderland any time soon. 

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