Rowell Report: Yet another chance squandered that could have given Sunderland a glimmer of hope

Sunderland manager David Moyes sees another chance go by.
Sunderland manager David Moyes sees another chance go by.
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Sunderland’s defeat at Watford summed up the entire season; no goals, no points, no entertainment, yet still watched by an outstanding away support – the one thing the club can truly be proud about.

The last two games, Burnley at home and Watford away were golden opportunities to pick up wins.

Yet Sunderland failed in both when we had a great chance to get some momentum and give ourselves at least a fighting chance to avoid the drop.

There wasn’t much between the two teams on Saturday.

Watford were on the back of a poor run of form yet still we came away with nothing thanks to a goal by a central defender Miguel Britos who hasn’t scored for Watford before – how many times has that sort of thing happened to Sunderland?

It is almost excepted now.

Just like the game against Burnley, I didn’t understand the decision to leave Didier Ndong on the bench – he has got energy and a good work rate and I can’t see what the midfield players who were selected ahead of him have got that he hasn’t and it doesn’t reflect well on the recruitment team that our record transfer signing can’t even start.

However, it doesn’t matter what team is picked or what system is used, the players have to take responsibility to turn things around.

But time and time again these winnable games have been squandered.

Sunderland are where they are because they deserve to be.

We are paying the price now for poor decisions and errors of judgement made over several years.

This season from day one has been a nightmare – we haven’t even had the derbies which have saved us in previous years and the frustrating thing is at the end of last season I could only see good things ahead for the club.

Yet, now we see ourselves marooned at the bottom and it will be the biggest miracle ever if we are not in the Championship next year.