Sunderland create unwanted record for longest run without home win

Sunderland today bagged an unwanted place in the record books by claiming the longest run in English football without a home win.

Their 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light with Millwall means it is now 20 games since their long-suffering fans witnessed a competitive victory at the Stadium of Light.

The drought stretches back to December 17 last year when Patrick van Arnholt's second-half goal gave them a 1-0 victory at home to Watford in the Premier League.

Since then babies have been conceived and born, Donald Trump has taken over as American President and Doctor Who bosses announced that television's next Time Lord will be a woman.

Oh and two managers have left the club with incoming boss Chris Coleman expected to take charge of the injury-ravaged side before Tuesday's testing trip to Aston Villa.

Among the fans to react to the unwanted record was student Alex Smith, 16, from Durham, who said outside the ground after the Championship draw: "We are getting a name for ourselves as a place to come to because of our bad record.

Sunderland concede today against Millwall in their 2-2 draw.

Sunderland concede today against Millwall in their 2-2 draw.

"We have had plenty of bad luck and some more today. But with Chris Coleman in charge, it could be just what we need to change things."

Supporter Chris Edwards, 32, from Sunderland, who was with his seven-year-old son Warren and other family, joked he was happy to be part of the record.

He added: "It is what it is, we can't keep a clean sheet. As long we start keeping a clean sheet we might get better."

Chris, who network installation business Carillion Telent, said of the expected arrival of Chris Coleman: "I'm really happy, I don't think we could have got any better than that at the minute.

Sunderland celebrate their winning goal against Watford last December.

Sunderland celebrate their winning goal against Watford last December.

"I think we're looking optimistic now, definitely with the new appointment. I just can't wait for him to come in."

Long-time fan David Stanton, 62, retired, of Cleadon, said: "I think records are irrelevant, it's all to do with history. I'm not bothered, as long as Chris Coleman can turn it around the record books can say what they like. It doesn't make any difference to me."

Mike Crossman, 56, from Knaresborough, who has been a Black Cats supporter most of his life, said: "I'm obviously a bit depressed about it but that's life. You've just got to crack on and break this record."

Mike said he was "very pleased" about the impending new boss adding: "I think he is the best guy we could possibly have got."

Phil Parker, a 44-year-old civil servant who lives in Fife, Scotland, said the new record was "appalling" adding: "The last few seasons we haven't invested in leadership in the middle of the park, and that's what we need.

"We need a leader and we need someone who manages and we need people who are going to have a desire to win."

Phil said he thinks Coleman would be a good appointment

Sunderland's next opportunity to break the hoodoo is on Saturday, December 2, when they face fellow strugglers Reading.

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