Echo Jury: Abject collapse left our fans with heavy hearts

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SUNDERLAND this season have had a serious case of Jekyll and Hyde as far as the two halves are concerned. And the deplorable result on Saturday was testament to that, writes Matthew Foster

In the first half, we matched Swansea and didn’t allow them to play to their full potential. We were playing OK, and, at that point, I had a feeling we may just get something from the game. How wrong I was.

In the second half, we never even looked like getting anything. And quite simply we fell apart.

Watching each goal go in was excruciating, such was our poor defensive display. Westwood’s positioning could be better at times, but there’s no doubting he made two absolute quality saves, which kept the score a little more modest.

Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the most capable of defences in front of him, which Poyet will need to work on strenuously. Hopefully he will notice that Bardsley should not be part of the team, such was his inept display.

The longer we go without winning, the harder it will get. And we have the little matter of a Wear-Tyne derby to contend with on Sunday afternoon.