Rowell Report: Sunderland failed to carry on from Cup high

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell

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SUNDERLAND are throwing points away like confetti.

A win against Norwich would have seen us just two points from fourth bottom, but we don’t help ourselves.

Everybody knows this league can be cruel and unforgiving, but if you don’t take responsibility and make things happens for yourself, nobody will do it for you.

The game against Norwich was never easy on the eye and Sunderland couldn’t find the firepower to score against one of the Premier League’s leakiest defences.

If we played till midnight, I still don’t think we’d have scored.

The morale-boosting win over Chelsea didn’t at any time carry over and overall, Sunderland couldn’t complain about the result.

A third goalless draw in five Premier League games meant we earned a point, but it’s not enough, and on the day, the performance wasn’t good enough.

With Norwich’s defence so suspect on the road this season, I really thought we would try to put them under as much pressure as possible, but from the start, our attacks lacked pace and purpose.

Sunderland’s build-up play was far too slow and while I appreciate Poyet’s determination to play possession football, there needs to be a final ball and a cutting edge, as just passing the ball around on halfway does not create any danger.

As disappointing as I was with the performance and scoreline, the red card given to Wes Brown right at the end of the game was a killer for Sunderland.

Brown is our best player at the moment, a player with a touch of class who we can’t afford to be without and now we lose him for three games.

Just like the victories over Newcastle and Man City were followed by defeats, the high of reaching the Capital One Cup semi-final is followed by another anti-climax, as the team find it impossible to string two good results together.

Sunderland haven’t beaten one single team in the bottom half of the league this season and after all the talk over how tough our home fixtures have been so far, we fail when we finally get one of the strugglers.