LAST week’s game against Aston Villa saw Sunderland let themselves and the fans down yet again in a Premier League game.
After two good results at Everton and Cardiff, a home game against a struggling team was the perfect opportunity to climb the table.
But that great opportunity went begging.
Not only did Sunderland fail to win, even a point proved beyond them and Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan barely had a save to make.
When he was beaten, by Emanuele Giaccherini, the linesman wrongly flagged for offside.
And not for the first time this season, a big decision went against Sunderland.
But Sunderland only had themselves to blame – you can’t gift the opposition a goal, as Lee Cattermole did, and not risk suffering the consequences.
It is beyond belief that we are now into January but still Sunderland are waiting for their first win against a team in the bottom half of the Premier League!
And when that sort of statistic develops, you can’t be surprised to find yourself at the bottom of the pile.