Sunderland Midfielder needs to do better, especially when we're paying £4.70 a pint!

2200 fans braved the treacherous conditions to get to the New Den, home of Neil Harris' Millwall. After a goalkeeping horror show at the Stadium of Light earlier this season against the Lions, Sunderland has failed to improve the quality of goalkeepers at their disposal. 

Like many, my day started off early, on the 0445 train from Newcastle to King's Cross. When we arrived someone must had already had a few too many as he was supposed to have got off at Durham! 

First Impressions 
There were no pubs around the ground for away fans so the best chance of a drink was either in the ground or by catching the train to London Bridge from the nearby South Bermondsey train station. Around London Bridge there was a few pubs such as the Slug and Lettuce; most fans who had arrived by train went to the Miller's at King's Cross, a favourite among Sunderland's travelling support. 
After getting the train to South Bermondsey from London Bridge, we walked down a pathway for away supporters only which led directly to the away end. The ground is your bog standard, average sized stadium. A decent sized concourse, perfect for selling sausage rolls at £3.30 and pints at £4.70; the stand for the away support is the upper tier of the North Stand. 

The Match
To be honest, neither team looked good, big veteran Steve Morison caused young Ty Browning some bother but Millwall's biggest threat came from set pieces. Morison was unlucky not to score from a free kick early on; Sunderland on the other hand looked marginally better but weren't exactly going for it. 

Sunderland's tactic was a long ball to the bone idle Ashley Fletcher, the 6ft 5' striker who cannot win a header or hold the ball up. Callum McManaman had a bit pace and skill on the wing and he was our only threat, Aiden McGeady was kept relatively quiet on the opposite flank. Wing back Oviedo pushed forward well and ultimately our goal would come from the Costa Rican.

McGeady player a corner short to the left full back who then took to the angle at the edge of the area before smashing it top corner past the diving Jordan Archer. Sunderland held on for the few minutes until half time with a great lead and it looked as if a second would kill them off. 

Second Half
As I just mentioned, a second would've killed it all off but instead Coleman put 11 men behind the ball and tried to play out the 1-0. Every man and his dog could've seen a second goal was needed and Millwall's equaliser was always on the cards. Eventually it came, but before then the much criticised Jason Steele pulled off a great save, he actually had an alright game. Shaun Hutchinson was assisted by the big fella Morison and it trickled across the line beyond the helpless Steele, although Lee Cattermole should've done better to clear it. 

Final Thoughts 
Most people seemed happy with a point but points here and there aren't helpful any more, we need wins if we want to stay up and honestly, I cannot see us winning games. A point on the road two or three months ago would be a great result but now points are useless, we need to get all three in the bag. I was especially annoyed that the boss put 11 behind the ball because Millwall never seemed a real threat in the first half, a few half chances now and again but nothing special; it was a game there for the taking but we sat back. 

Next match we have is Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light tonight and to me it looks like a game that shouts 3-0 Villa at half time and Lewis Grabban to come off the bench and score. We need to start winning games but when? What games are possible to win? Let me know your thoughts on Twitter @ethan_thoburn or @WeAreWearside.

Thanks for reading and all the best.

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