Rowell Report: Bad start stats reveal an uncomfortable truth for Sunderland

I know statistics can often be misleading but the one that shows Sunderland not winning a single league game in August or September since 2012 speaks for itself.

Tuesday, 20th September 2016, 10:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 1:48 pm
David Moyes.

No wonder Sunderland are always in a relegation battle, how can you not be when you make atrocious starts which results in always playing catch-up?

This season, the reason for the bad start has been the departure of Sam Allardyce.

Last year it was a gruelling pre-season schedule that left the players drained and the years before that bad recruitment in the summer transfer window.

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There is always an excuse or something that goes wrong and most of it is self-inflicted but occasionally it is unavoidable but we never cope well and it seems Sunderland take longer to recover from set-backs than others.

Southampton are the classic example of a club that loses a huge amount of players and managers most seasons yet they don’t seem to have a problem carrying on as if nothing has happened.

Any club with a stadium, training facilities and loyal fan base the size of ours has so much going for it, yet rarely do we make it count.