Rowell Report: How things can change in a week

Gary Rowell, former Sunderland player and now Echo columnist
Gary Rowell, former Sunderland player and now Echo columnist
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SUNDERLAND have gone from delight to despair within seven days.

Against Wigan, everyone went out of the Stadium of Light happy after the team ticked all the boxes – a bit of fighting spirit to come from a goal down and then scored four goals in the second half.

Even the midfield chipped in with goals, which has been all too rare this season.

But seven days later, we got a second half performance that was the polar opposite.

These wild inconsistencies are unbelievable and leaves fans feeling a mixture of anger and frustration.

I wasn’t too unhappy with the scoreline at half-time against Fulham because we started well and created chances.

Whether you’ve got any strikers or not, if you create three or four chances – two of them gilt-edged – you’re usually quite happy with that.

But it is not bad luck which sees you miss them, it is just bad finishing.

It’s harsh but that is exactly what it is.

At this level, if you spurn your chances, you will be punished.

Plus when you miss chances when you’re playing well, the opposition senses it.

Top level sport is played in the head and you are gifting confidence to the opposition when you don’t put them away. Sunderland didn’t do that and it re-energised Fulham.

That does not excuse the second half performance because it was as bad as we have seen this season. It was an absolute shocker.

It looked as if heads had gone down in the second half whereas seven days earlier there was a completely opposite reaction when we went a goal down against Wigan.

We were our own worst enemies against Fulham.

To read the rest of the Rowell Report, please see tonight’s Sunderland Echo.