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Simon Grayson was right, Sunderland’s players have been ducking responsibility and need to step up

Sunderland fans have had the energy sucked out of them
Sunderland fans have had the energy sucked out of them
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Another Sunderland home game comes and goes and like so many before it, all it brought for the fans was more disappointment, misery and anger.

Whatever happened to those special games under Sam Allardyce?

Then, in the space of four days, Sunderland beat Chelsea and Everton in consecutive home games scoring six goals and the club’s future looked secure and ready for an upturn.

It is only a season and a bit since those two games that had the fans out of their seat and in love with their club but it seems a million years ago, as from then on Sunderland have been in a tailspin that they seem incapable of getting out of.

During that time, the energy and optimism has been sucked out of the fans with defeat after defeat at home, with the odd draw thrown in, and while much has been said and written about how many fans we’ve lost it is amazing how many still go considering what they have had to endure.

Saturday’s game fell into a pattern of so many others we have seen at the Stadium of Light this season, with a half decent start that included a great chance to take the lead but wasted – this time by Lewis Grabban – and then inevitably going behind from a corner and chasing the game again.

However, equalising with virtually the last kick of the first half gave Sunderland all the momentum and the advantage but just like Brentford last week when they went into the interval with all the momentum they inexplicably failed to capitalise on it with a lifeless and lethargic second half.

With 14 games gone now, having secured just one win and sitting second bottom of the league, Sunderland are in a sorry state and the pressure is mounting on Simon Grayson, as it would with any manager with a record like that.

But he was absolutely right when he said after the game that the players have now got to start taking responsibility.

They have been ducking that responsibility all season, especially at home and what Grayson said was long overdue and the players can’t complain with their manager’s accusations and anyway if they do disagree, then prove him wrong.

We would all welcome that.