Sunderland fans vent their anger in Stadium of Light and on social media

An upset Sunderland fan during the game against Aston Villa.
An upset Sunderland fan during the game against Aston Villa.
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SUNDERLAND fans insist their team can still save themselves from relegation this season, despite Saturday’s crushing 4-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.

Gus Poyet’s side were four goals down by half-time during Saturday’s encounter, with thousands of fans leaving the Stadium of Light before the end of the game.

And with Burnley beating Premier League champions Manchester City, the Black Cats are now just one point from the relegation zone with nine matches left to play.

A number of fans were seen trying to get towards Poyet to vent their anger as Villa continued to attack.

But fellow supporters on the Echo’s Facebook site said they were within their rights to do so.

Darren Jenkins wrote: “Can’t be blamed for what they’ve had to watch, this should have been a home banker.”

Sunderland fans during the game against Aston Villa.

Sunderland fans during the game against Aston Villa.

Anthony Ditchburn wrote: “Don’t blame them, they pay good hard earned cash to watch that bunch of underachievers so why shouldn’t they voice their anger!”

Angel Strong argues that the Black Cats’ squad is to blame, saying: “Is there anybody still prepared to back these players?

“At the end of the day their effort on the pitch is zilch.”

Support for head coach Poyet was also in short supply.

It’s quite obvious that Gus has lost the crowd and the dressing room. He needs to go now.

Prince Bruno

Prince Bruno wrote: “It’s quite obvious that Gus has lost the crowd and the dressing room. He needs to go now.”

SAFC4EVA wrote: “I don’t really think Villa could have believed the ease with which they brushed past us, but the result just sums us up, for we’re a shambles/laughing stock from top to bottom, and I feel an even bigger “brush” is now needed, to rid the club of its all-too-evident problems.”

Arfon said: “It’s no longer a question of “if” Poyet should go.

“Short needs to get that man out of our club now if we are to stay in the Premier League.”

Dismayed Sunderland fan during the game against Aston Villa.

Dismayed Sunderland fan during the game against Aston Villa.

Sunderland take on West Ham United this Saturday, with the Wear-Tyne derby against Newcastle taking place at the Stadium of Light on Easter Sunday.

An anxious Sunderland fan during the game against Aston Villa.

An anxious Sunderland fan during the game against Aston Villa.

An upset Sunderland fan at the end of the game against Aston Villa.

An upset Sunderland fan at the end of the game against Aston Villa.