The frank, fraught and frightfully real deficiencies exposed on Saturday should be no stranger to any SAFC fan. I speak specifically regarding the last two decades or so but I know those who could speak for the last five or six or more would probably feel that nothing has changed.
The aftermath of the game on Sunday is slowly writing itself in to the annals of Sunderland infamy.
The cornerstone for the survival of any club in the Premier League, year on year, is the form that they show at home. Unless you’re a side on the cusp of the top six elite it’s likely that your away form is largely patchy, with wins and draws here and there but never really stringing together a consistent set of results.
The capture of Lee Congerton as Director of Football may well go in one ear and out the other for some. It is however an appointment made with due care and consideration, one which should delight SAFC fans as we look to put last summer’s (and the many that went before it) disastrous transfer window well and truly behind us.
In many ways the defeat against Hull hurt more than the cup final last week. Whilst dreaming of victory, I expected Manchester City to win and after enjoying everything London had to offer I was desperate to go back. However, the same can't have been said for the players or management.
This whole Jekyll and Hyde facade is getting tedious. Of course, he wasn’t the only reason for yesterday’s debacle (plenty of atrocious performances to accommodate his) but where is the line for Lee Cattermole? Must we continue to trust in the hope he mimics his brilliance against Southampton or in the cup final? Or do we realise that his errors have been directly culpable for losing too many vital games?
We can all take an awful lot out of the Capital One Cup final, that includes Seb Larsson, who looked a completely different footballer on Sunday. He looked a player with direction and even some composed impetuous, all of which doesn’t sit with the vast majority of his showings for SAFC. With his contract running out in the summer – is this a one-off or can he earn himself a new deal?
After being dropped from the squad altogether for the Capital One Cup final it is well and truly make or break time for Jozy Altidore. How he reacts to the disappointment will define his SAFC and possibly even Premier League career. Our FA Cup quarter final tie against Hull City couldn’t be a better opportunity for him, should he get it.
Look, if you haven’t already gotten over last weekend’s cup final defeat to Manchester City then it’s definitely about time you did. Don’t have another lie in, have a shower. It’s time to get out of your pit and cheer yourself up. Maybe even throw those lucky underpants that you’ve had on since Sunday in the washing machine, because you’ll be needing them again for Sunday.
When Vito Mannone saved Rafael Da Silva’s penalty at Old Trafford last month, my mind jumped into warp speed; “we’re going to Wembley! Are SAFC really going to Wembley? When is it?” Since Gus Poyet arrived on Wearside has almost been nothing but positive; players performances - positive, mental attitude in games - positive, cup runs - positive.