'Peterborough and Hull won’t go unbeaten' 'Don't fancy our chances' Fans deliver verdict on Sunderland's promotion hopes after Wigan loss

Sunderland’s automatic promotion hopes were dealt a big setback as they were beaten 2-1 at Wigan – and supporters are growing more concerned about the Black Cats’ chances.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 11:00 am

Lee Johnson’s side now need Hull City or Peterborough to drop points in the final weeks of the season if the Wearsiders are to finish in the top two.

After back-to-back defeats against Charlton and Wigan, we asked fans on our Sunderland Echo SAFC Facebook page: ‘Have Sunderland blown their automatic promotion hopes?’

Here are some of the replies:

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Andrew Hutchinson said: ‘Still possible,but not feeling that confident. Looking more likely play-offs, lottery, but as they say it’s a funny old game football. Just got to keep believing,come on Sunderland get back to winning ways.’

Wilf Newall commented: Yes and having watched the diabolical defending for the Wigan goals we’ll be lucky to win another game if we play like last night, absolutely embarrassing

Trevor Coxon agreed: Yes, sadly. The Peterborough result was the one, for me, which did the damage. I think had we won that as opposed to drawing we would have pushed on. Play-offs for us now.

Tony Mongan added: There’ll still be some twists and turns, and Peterborough and Hull won’t go unbeaten until the end of the season but I don’t think we have it in us to take advantage of that. So unfortunately, I think it’s play-offs following our dip in form.

Thomas Conlin replied: Yes and to be honest the way we playing don't fancy our chances in the play-offs

Kevan Colling posted: Think the manager needs to settle players into positions, they looked excellent with two up top at Portsmouth with McGeady and Jones/Gooch wide. There will be injuries so teams will change but not to the extent we do?

David Vickers responded: I wouldn’t say they have blown it but they have put more pressure on themselves.

Bert Moncur remains hopeful: ‘Hopefully not, this is our wobble let's hope Hull and Peterborough have thiers and we are right back in it .. never say die’

Alastair James added: ‘Need to get back to what we were doing, wouldn’t be safc if we didn’t do it the hard way’

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