Sean Northage: Fearful over Sunderland’s survival hopes after dismal Crystal Palace defeat

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THEY say a week is along time in football and the Crystal Palace match was an example of that.

Six days prior there was ecstasy as we performed like a team against Newcastle United. We showed heart passion and the desire to fight for every ball.

Move on to the Palace match and the air of belief was still there.

Yes, we were nervous as to who would replace Seb Larsson but we thought its not too bad as we have Jack Rodwell.

For 45 minutes we put in a solid but unremarkable performance, the minor error but nothing looked too much to worry about.

Yet 45 minutes later and we were all scratching our heads as to what went wrong.

We conceded four goals in 14 minutes, our defence looked lost, our £10m pound midfield tackled like a school boy.

For every good game Santiago Vergini has, there are four or five bad ones.

So yet again we are looking over our shoulder and relying on other teams to do us a favour.

I truly worry about our Premier League survival when we see the bottom three fighting for every game.

* This article was sent into the Echo by a reader for our new Black Cats eight-page supplement, titled The Roar! - which will be in the paper every Wednesday.

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