THE last home game of the season ended exactly how it started in August: with missed chances and thrown-away points.
Losing to sides like West Brom, Fulham and Wolves in recent weeks simply isn’t good enough. I know it’s coming to the end of the season, but does that mean it’s OK to play with no desire to win?
I never thought I’d say this about a side managed by Mick McCarthy, but Wolves took all three points because they wanted it more. They had a midfielder, in Stephen Hunt, who controlled the game despite his limited ability. Most importantly, Wolves had fight.
Hunt seems to be Wolves’ equivalent to Cattermole, a player Steve Bruce has been missing badly in recent months. Cattermole, Bramble and even Gyan are the spine of the side, and it’s no coincidence Sunderland has struggled while they’ve been out injured.
But how much of this is down to injuries? How much is down to the players’ attitude? And how much is down to mismanagement?
I’m sure that’s something Ellis Short will be considering in the summer, and hopefully he’ll make the right decisions before next season begins.
To read the rest of the Jury, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.