HULL City could afford to gift Sunderland a goal start, yet still beat us as Steve Bruce came back to haunt his old team again on Boxing Day.
Sunderland were denied at least two penalties which could have completely changed things, but that doesn’t explain a second half which was as bad as anything they have produced this season.
Back-to-back wins were there for the taking, but yet again after buoying the fans with a derby victory, they followed up with a shambolic performance.
Was it complacency? Are we unable to produce two high-intensity performances in a short space of time?
Whatever it is, Poyet needs to get to the bottom of why Sunderland don’t seem to turn up after what should be morale and confidence-boosting derby wins.