WAS a disappointing end after what has been a tremendous few weeks and, in one sense, perhaps not unexpected given the overwhelming sense of relief and delight that resulted on Wednesday night, writes Tony Potts.
We obviously had some players with problems and undoubtedly missed Cattermole and Alonso.
It was a slow start and we were poor defensively for both early goals, although Swansea moved the ball around crisply and had more movement and pace than we did.
I felt Mr Foy was extremely weak in his refereeing and he and his assistants, for some reason, chose to ignore numerous tugs and pulls on Wickham and the behaviour of the unpleasant Shelvey. It was telling that Colback did not shake Shelvey’s hand at the end.
I desperately wanted to go out with a win and a high-tempo performance, but we never really got going. Still, it is fantastic to finish 14th after what we have been through.
So many highs and lows and massive swings in levels of performance – I doubt we will see a season of such amazing contrasts and experiences again.
The players and staff deserve enormous credit, it has beeen a pleasure to be involved with the greatest supporters in the country and now ... a huge summer awaits for Sunderland AFC.