Sunderland v Man City: 5 things we learned from another shambles

Patrick van Aanholt
Patrick van Aanholt
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Sunderland were blown away by a mixture of tantalising forward play by Manchester City and their own inept defending.

The Black Cats crashed out of the Capital One Cup in some style, losing 4-1.

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates

But what will head coach Dick Advocaat have learned from another shambles at the Stadium of Light?

1. Patrick van Aanholt needs a spell out of the team

The Dutch left-back had been struggling all season.

And his performance last night was the final straw for many.

DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin

He bundled over Jesus Navas nine minutes in for the penalty and it only got worse from there.

For his own sake, and that of the Sunderland defence van Aanholt needs dropping before his confidence is well and truly shattered.

2. Sunderland a defensive shambles

This could easily be included in every version of ‘what we learned’ when it comes to a Sunderland display.

But the performance against City was particular painful, particular inept and particularly schoolboy-esque.

From conceding an early penalty to conceding on the counter attack from your own corner.

It was comical at times – Vito Mannone’s own goal a case in point.

Sunderland looked half decent going forward, what Dick Advocaat would do for a decent defence.

If the FA, Premier League or Football League wanted to make a DVD of how not to defend, then they’d be flocking to the Stadium of Light.

3. Fabio Borini to lead the line?

Dick Advocaat named Fabio Borini as his lone frontman against Manchester City, with Jermain Defoe dropped/rested on the bench.

Borini impressed in spells.

He should have scored his first goal for the club too but referee Roger East wrongly decided there had been a foul in the build-up.

Borini finished it well though. And again worked tirelessly up front, making it hard work for the City defenders at times.

With misfiring Defoe struggling in the last two matches, perhaps it is time for Borini to lead the line

4. DeAndre Yedlin looked a bright spark

The American full-back, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, was one of the few bright spots.

Defensively, Sunderland were all over the shop and were torn apart by the City forward line of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

DeAndre had his work cut out, with Aleksander Kolarov on the overlap to contend with too.

Going forward he looked bright, showing his raw pace and has a decent cross on him too.

Worth pursuing with.

5. Does anyone care about the Capital One Cup?

It is a fair question to ask given the attendance at the Stadium of Light.

The long suffering fans probably knew they were on a hiding to nothing against Manchester City, especially when they saw the team sheet.

The official attendance was 21,644.

Some will argue that is a good crowd given Sunderland’s form this season and the fact it was was a mid-week cup tie.

But still, at just £10 a ticket, and with the chance to watch the likes of Aguero, De Bruyne etc the attendance was still low.

Ah well, at least the Black Cats can concentrate on the league for now...