The little Sunderland fan who stayed until the end at Aston Villa horror show

Dejected Sunderland fan Liam Watson, eight, from Willington at the end of the game against Aston Villa.
Dejected Sunderland fan Liam Watson, eight, from Willington at the end of the game against Aston Villa.
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LITTLE Liam Watson summed up the feelings of Sunderland fans perfectly at the end of Saturday’s 4-0 horror show.

Echo photographer Frank Reid captured the eight-year-old sitting, head in hands, at the final whistle after insisting on staying to the bitter end.

“He wasn’t very happy, put it like that,” said dad Michael, 40, from Willington. “He wanted to stay until the end, he didn’t want to leave.”

Former season ticket holder Michael was in no doubt about the lack of passion on display.

“It was one of the worst performances I have seen for a long, long time,” he said.

Michael was with wife Jayne, a footballing novice, who nevertheless put her finger on the problems immediately.

“It was one of the first games she has ever been to, but she was asking why the Sunderland players weren’t passing to each other, and why the Aston Villa players were moving around while the Sunderland players weren’t,” said Michael.

“I think they had to get rid of Poyet, they were going down,” he added.

“They may still go down without him, but it has to be worth a try.”