Gary Rowell column - Sunderland home form a big concern

Connor Wickham in action for Sunderland against Fulham. Picture by FRANK REID
Connor Wickham in action for Sunderland against Fulham. Picture by FRANK REID
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WE’RE well into the second half of the season now, yet Sunderland have just one solitary Premier League win to their name at the Stadium of Light.

It can’t be a lack of support, as Sunderland have one of the highest average attendances in the league, so maybe some players struggle to perform in front of big crowds.

Last season, Sunderland gained more points away from home than on Wearside, and also somehow managed to get more points from the top 10 clubs than those in the bottom half.

Both those statistics shouldn’t happen at any professional club, and just show the inconsistency that have plagued Sunderland for years.

But it’s the home form which concerns me.

The Stadium of Light should be a fortress; a ground opposition teams hate to visit, but too often we’ve been a soft touch.

In the whole of the calendar year of 2014, Sunderland only won four Premier League games in front of their own fans and you’ve got to wonder if it’s becoming a psychological problem to some of the players.

Any club that is ambitious for success needs consistently good home form and until Gus Poyet sorts Sunderland out at the Stadium of Light, we’ll continue to struggle.