Rowell Report: Opportunity knocked, but Sunderland fell short against Aston Villa

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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LAST week’s game against Aston Villa saw Sunderland let themselves and the fans down yet again in a Premier League game.

After two good results at Everton and Cardiff, a home game against a struggling team was the perfect opportunity to climb the table.

But that great opportunity went begging.

Not only did Sunderland fail to win, even a point proved beyond them and Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan barely had a save to make.

When he was beaten, by Emanuele Giaccherini, the linesman wrongly flagged for offside.

And not for the first time this season, a big decision went against Sunderland.

But Sunderland only had themselves to blame – you can’t gift the opposition a goal, as Lee Cattermole did, and not risk suffering the consequences.

It is beyond belief that we are now into January but still Sunderland are waiting for their first win against a team in the bottom half of the Premier League!

And when that sort of statistic develops, you can’t be surprised to find yourself at the bottom of the pile.