Echo Jury: Frustrated by another off-colour Sunderland display

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WHAT a disappointing, negative and below-par performance that was. From the first whistle, it was clear that it was going to be a hard afternoon’s work, writes Michael Quinn.

Reading were impressive and when they took the lead it was deserved. The cross shouldn’t have been allowed to come in and Kebe’s run should have been tracked – it was poor defending.

After the penalty it was a scrappy game until we started to apply some pressure in the second half. However, the service and support to Fletcher was terrible. Our tactics are so negative that it really shows in the quality of our football.

The bright note was that when we changed to 4-4-2 we looked a lot more dangerous. Graham looked bright and was desperately unlucky not to score; the dilemma will now be who will be dropped to make way for him?

A home game against Arsenal is up next. I would hope to see Mangane replace Bramble – the ex-Newcastle man had a torrid time against the Reading front line.

Being a mid-table team, we will win and lose games throughout the rest of the season and this was one of those that’s best forgotten.

To read the rest of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.