MARTIN O’Neill was in subdued mood in his post-match Press conference on Saturday – fully aware Sunderland’s season is in danger of ending with a whimper rather than a bang.
Wolves were lambs to the slaughter at the weekend, but Sunderland lacked the killer instinct.
“We didn’t do enough,” said the Sunderland manager. “It was frustrating in that sense, but we didn’t do enough to win the game.
“We had little moments here and there, but not enough and we should do more.
“It has been a great effort by the players so far and I should keep reminding myself of the bigger picture, but I do think we should be doing better.
“We had opportunities, but we then had to be thankful of a great save by our goalkeeper at the death and we really should be doing more for prolonged periods – that’s my point.
“We frustrated ourselves a little bit – two or three nice passes, but then the fourth would go astray and it happened too often.
“We needed to tidy ourselves up.”
Though he barely wanted to consider the possibility, there was undoubtedly an end-of-term feel to much of Sunderland’s performance.
Though the players were trying their best to win the match, too many failed to bring their “A” game to the occasion.
“We want to try to progress,” frowned O’Neill, right, at the thought. “We have pulled ourselves round from potential relegation, but we still have work to do and we want to improve.
“I hope it isn’t in the team’s make-up to coast through.
“If you’re stuck in mid-table you might coast through to the end of the season, but that shouldn’t be the case. We have work to do.
“Finishing well has to be our ambition.”