Sunderland’s head coach Dick Advocaat was left angry after watching his side beaten 2-0 by Bournemouth. Very angry.
The defence was all over the shop (again), Jermain Defoe’s finishing was wayward and John O’Shea proved a huge miss.
Here’s what we learned from a miserable day out at Dean Court:
John O’Shea was a big miss:
Sunderland were dealt a big blow just before the game with confirmation John O’Shea was missing through illness.
Alongside Younes Kaboul, O’Shea had impressed against Spurs and his absence was to prove a big miss on the south coast.
Sunderland miss the Irishman’s organisational skills when he isn’t in the side.
And Kaboul looks half the player too without O’Shea alongside and Sunderland quickly found themselves 2-0 down.
The defence was all at sea.
Game over after less than 10 minutes.
Up the tempo, up the tempo:
Sunderland’s first half showing, in particular, was dreadful.
The pace and tempo of their play was far too slow, with the attack-minded Bouremouth players showing them how it is done.
With every attack the Cherries looked dangerous, with the full-backs overlapping and Lee Tomlin, Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson impressing with their movement.
Sunderland, on the other hand, were too slow when they had the ball and lacking in ideas in the final third.
It improved slightly after the break but the damage had been done.
Jermain Defoe’s finishing in the spotlight:
The club’s leading goalscorer had a glorious chance to reduce the deficit before half-time but Artur Boruc came off best in the one-on-one.
It was the second time in two games that Defoe has squandered such a good opening.
He longs to play up front and Dick Advocaat has given him that chance in recent matches.
The club’s top scorer needs to find his finishing boots again sharpish.
Back to the drawing board. Again.
At home against Spurs last weekend, Sunderland produced a much-improved display and should have come away with at least a point.
Fast forward six days and the team - in particular the defence - was all at sea. Again.
Advocaat admitted he will revaluate everything in a bid to cure the current problems.
He hoped he’d come up trumps with the 4-2-3-1 formation.
But on this display, perhaps it is time to go back to the drawing board. Again.
And finally, Sunderland’s long-suffering fans deserve more. Much more.
It is a hell of a trek from Sunderland down to Bournemouth - a 700 mile round trip.
Yet the away section at the 12,000 capacity Dean Court was snapped up in no time, with 1,200 brave souls from the North East making the trip.
And yet after just nine minutes they were wishing they hadn’t bothered.
Their side 2-0 down and on their way to continuing their winless streak.
The club’s fans deserve better.