WHERE to start? After a promising 0-0 draw against Tottenham, we had our annual capitulation away at Everton.
The first half could have been recorded and put in an American relaxation DVD. Despite this, we were still in the game at half-time and had defended well against an Everton side that had also performed poorly.
O’Neill still picked his strongest team, despite the fact we were coming up against an Everton team who were willing to prove themselves ahead of their FA cup semi against Liverpool.
Larsson yet again looked tired, providing virtually nothing going forward and doing his usual jump out of the way trick whenever he had to block a cross. Our right side has been our weakness for some time, in contrast to the pacy, direct left of McClean and Colback/Richardson. I would suggest getting a right-back and a right winger in the summer.
This may seem harsh on Larsson, but he really is painfully slow, and should be played in the centre of a five-man midfield or not at all.
Hopefully MON plays a younger, hungrier team against Wolves. Otherwise, we may be in for a surprise.
To read the rest of the Echo Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.