Only fans emerged with some credit

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher (right) and Adam Johnson wait to restart after another Southampton goal
Sunderland's Steven Fletcher (right) and Adam Johnson wait to restart after another Southampton goal
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I THOUGHT the win against Stoke two weeks ago would kick-start our season, but it all came crashing down in a 90-minute horror show at Southampton.

You just can’t legislate for some of the things that happened against the Saints – ridiculous own goals, goalkeeping errors and suicidal defending – and at the end Sunderland were a broken team in disarray.

They actually didn’t start the game too badly, but the longer the game went on, our defenders seemed determined to be as generous as they could be to the Southampton forwards who duly cashed in.

Vergini’s unbelievable own goal just set the tone for everything that followed, in a game that got progressively worse as Sunderland capitulated.

Only the fans came out of Saturday with any credit at all, as they were as magnificent as they always are and deserved so much more.

Gus Poyet didn’t pull any punches afterwards, saying he learned a lot from some of his players and which ones he can count on, so next Saturday’s team selection should be interesting.

That’s only half the job though.

The Sunderland head coach and his staff need to work on lifting players whose confidence looked shattered after taking such a beating.