NORMALLY an away point, a rare clean sheet and enjoying nearly 60 per cent of the possession would have most Black Cats purring, writes Keith Appleton.
However, with Altidore and Borini squandering chances, Cattermole and Ki stinging the keeper’s hands and Bardsley crashing an effort against the woodwork, I cannot help but feel that it’s two points dropped against one of our relegation rivals.
Our position may not be any worse than when we started (five points adrift), but it’s another game used up and a missed opportunity to hammer a nail into West Ham’s survival hopes.
It’s now very likely that we will fail to achieve Poyet’s 2013 points target, even if we find our shooting boots against Norwich and Cardiff respectively.
Worse still, if we suffer another reverse in these games, then January will be the month that defines our season and confirms our fate.
Cattermole and Celustka played well and Brown was his normal assured self, but we need to do more much more in the final third, with Fletcher and Giaccherini moving up a gear to convert our possession into points.
Otherwise, not only will 2013 be over, but our Premiership status will disappear with it.