Six things we learned from Simon Grayson's last game as Sunderland manager

Lewis Grabban scores his first goal against Bolton Wanderers.
Lewis Grabban scores his first goal against Bolton Wanderers.
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Sunderland's pulsating 3-3 draw with Bolton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light will be remembered as Simon Grayson's last game in charge after just 125 days.

With the axe falling on the Sunderland boss within minutes of the final whistle, Sunderland are looking for their ninth manager in six years.

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson.

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson.

Here's what we learned from Grayson's final match in charge:

Sorry end to Simon Grayson's reign:

Grayson had acknowledged the bottom-of-the-table clash was must-win, Sunderland failed to manage it and Grayson paid with his job.

Within minutes of the final whistle he was told his spell in charge at the Stadium of Light was over with suggestions he was told before he'd even seen the players.

Simon Grayson heads down the tunnel at full-time.

Simon Grayson heads down the tunnel at full-time.

In the end results meant his position was untenable, just one win in 15 Championship games left Sunderland third bottom. Unacceptable for a club the size and stature of Sunderland.

Sunderland left searching for yet another new manager.

Sunderland equal English record for longest winless streak at home:

Sunderland have now gone 19 games at the Stadium of Light without winning a game, a dismal run stretching back to December last year.

Failure to beat Bolton meant the Black Cats equalled an unwanted English record; joining Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Dagenham & Redbridge on 19 games.

Sunderland travel to Middlesbrough for the Sunday lunchtime kick-off before the international break with Millwall the next visitors on November 18.

Sunderland's survival hopes hinge on Lewis Grabban:

Sunderland find themselves third bottom and that's with Lewis Grabban in the side, the in-form striker scoring his seventh and eighth goal of the season against Bolton.

Where would Sunderland be without him? They are in the bottom three and that's with him in the side.

Grayson's signings were a mixed bag, Jason Steele and James Vaughan failing to set the Championship alight but Grabban has been the pick of the bunch.

Sunderland face the increasing prospect of a second successive relegation, their best hopes of avoiding that fate rest with Grabban.

Sunderland defence continues to infuriate:

Grayson was left infuriated on the touchline with Sunderland's latest defensive shambles. Yet to keep a clean sheet all season, the Black Cats conceded another three on Tuesday night - the second worst record in the division.

Only eight teams have scored more than Sunderland's 20, the problems are at the other end. Further changes saw Marc Wilson and Adam Matthews recalled.

Sunderland played four full internationals against Bolton in defence yet Wilson and John O'Shea were all at sea in the middle, Matthews didn't enjoy the best of nights with Bryan Oviedo the only one to emerge with any credit.

No organisation, no leaders, no discipline. Sorting out the defence must be the No.1 priority of the new man at the helm.

Corners continue to be a real concern - at both ends:

Robbin Ruiter came in for Jason Steele and while Ruiter was partly at fault for the first goal he was far more commanding at set pieces than Steele has been.

Defending set pieces continues to be a major concern though, gasps around the Stadium of Light every time Sunderland conceded a corner.

It doesn't get much better when Sunderland win a corner either. The delivery has been poor in recent games and the opposition look more like scoring. Bolton did from one.

Karl Henry's volley for Bolton's third came from a Sunderland corner, a catalogue of errors including a poor delivery, horrendous backpass from Didier Ndong and slack defending resulting in the goal.

Any cause for optimism?

Clutching at straws but Sunderland are scoring goals at the moment; three at Brentford, three against Bolton with Grabban in fine form.

The players also showed some spirit to come back and at least secure a point against Bolton, three points was needed, of course, but the players didn't give in.

There has been a distinct lack of quality all season and there is no way this squad should be sitting third bottom in the Championship.

Results weren't good enough and Grayson paid with his job. The side look incapable of keeping a clean sheet and we've almost played a quarter of the season.

Fears are growing of another relegation.