Why it’s good riddance to February for Sunderland

Patrick van Aanholt watches Manchester United's Radamel Falcao fail to make the most of a ball into the box against Sunderland

Patrick van Aanholt watches Manchester United's Radamel Falcao fail to make the most of a ball into the box against Sunderland

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SUNDERLAND will be glad to see the back of another disappointing February.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United meant that the Black Cats failed to win any of their four Premier League games last month, as well as crashing to an ignominious FA Cup defeat away to League One side Bradford City.

Since winning promotion in 2006/07, Sunderland have managed just five wins in 29 Premier League matches in February, losing more than half their fixtures.

In Premier League history, the tale of February woe is even worse.

Going back to their first Premier campaign in 1996/97, Sunderland have played 47 games in February and won just six.

SAFC’S RECORD IN FEBRUARY IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

2014/15

Swansea City 1-1

QPR 0-2

WEST BROMWICH 0-0

Manchester Utd 0-2

2013/14

Newcastle 3-0

HULL CITY 0-2

Arsenal 1-4

2012/13

Reading 1-2

ARSENAL 0-1

West Bromwich 1-2

2011/12

NORWICH CITY 3-0

Stoke City 1-0

ARSENAL 1-2

West Bromwich 0-4

2010/11

CHELSEA 2-4

Stoke City 2-3

TOTTENHAM 1-2

Everton 0-2

2009/10

STOKE CITY 0-0

WIGAN ATHLETIC 1-1

Portsmouth 1-1

Arsenal 0-2

FULHAM 0-0

2008/09

Newcastle 1-1

STOKE CITY 2-0

Arsenal 0-0

2007/08

Liverpool 0-3

WIGAN ATHLETIC 2-0

Portsmouth 0-1

2005/06

West Ham Utd 0-2

TOTTENHAM 1-1

Blackburn Rovers 0-2

Birmingham City 0-1

2002/03

CHARLTON ATHLETIC 1-3

Tottenham 1-4

MIDDLESBROUGH 1-3

2001/02

Manchester Utd 1-4

Derby County 1-0

NEWCASTLE 0-1

2000/01

Derby County 0-1

LIVERPOOL 1-1

Leicester City 0-2

1999/2000

NEWCASTLE 2-2

Coventry City 2-3

DERBY COUNTY 1-1

1996/97

Aston Villa 0-1

LEEDS UNITED 0-1

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