Does Simon Grayson fear the sack? Sunderland boss reacts after dismal Bristol City loss

Pressure mounts on Sunderland boss Simon Grayson.
Pressure mounts on Sunderland boss Simon Grayson.
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Sunderland boss Simon Grayson is under increasing pressure but remains adamant he and the players can turn the season around.

Sunderland's dismal form, especially at the Stadium of Light, continued with the 2-1 defeat to Bristol City leaving Sunderland second bottom ahead of the crunch game against basement side Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

Pressure is inevitably mounting on the Sunderland boss with just one win in 14 Championship games this season, the winless home streak stretching to 18 games though Grayson has only been responsible for seven of those.

When asked whether he fears Sunderland chiefs may be forced into a change if this dismal form continues, Grayson said: "Look, who knows? I have been in positions where I have not won football matches and come through the other side of it.

"What I will do is continue to work as hard as I can, be in in the morning and do the work we were always going to do and do it to the best of our ability.

"Hopefully somewhere down the line we will get a couple of results and it changes quickly.

"Anything other people decide to do in football, and I have been in management for 12 years with 600-odd games under my belt and I know what football is all about and what can happen if you win games and lose games."

Sunderland started brightly but Bobby Reid headed the visitors into the lead from Callum O'Dowda's corner, Sunderland's defending from set pieces again left wanting.

In-form Lewis Grabban levelled for the Black Cats with a close range finish in first-half stoppage time before sub Milan Djuric's header won it for City.

Asked if Grayson and the Sunderland players can turn it around, Grayson said: "Without a shadow of a doubt but we have to do the basics right, win your individual battles, do what you are asked to do and stick to the game plan.

"Don't blame other people. If you have a job, then stick to it and that will help us win the game.

"Today was the strongest squad I have had available but we still didn't look very confident, you look at Bristol City playing with a spring in their step.

"A result or two will change everything."

When asked about his own morale, experienced Grayson added: "I am disappointed with the players and what they have done today.

"I will be as positive as I can be with the players in general in the run up to the game, at half-time but obviously I am disappointed with some of the performances.

"I have to pick them up. They are the ones that will be crossing the white line to get us a result."

Bolton Wanderers visit the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.