When Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League 12 months ago, everyone hoped the the stay in the Championship would be brief, although most recognised a season of transition would probably mean a mid-table finish.
For the third game in a row, Sunderland found themselves in front with time running out against Reading but just like against Leeds United and Norwich City, couldn’t hold on and get themselves over the line.
When you look over the wreckage of this season, so many things have gone wrong, in fact nobody could have done a better job if they had set out from day one to purposefully plan out a disastrous campaign.
The freezing, miserable, arctic conditions at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and the predictable – almost routine – defeat to Preston seemed to sum up perfectly the bleak situation Sunderland football club is in right now.
It’s another massive few days for Sunderland with a trip to QPR on Saturday, but before that is the visit of former boss Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa side tonight, in a game were both teams are desperate for the points.