Six things we learned: Sunderland have forgotten how to win and when will Callum McManaman be fully match fit?

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Another Saturday afternoon. Another draw. Another two points dropped.

It doesn't get any better for under-pressure Simon Grayson and his under-performing Sunderland squad after they let slip a 3-1 half-time lead to Brentford.

Bryan Oviedo at Griffin Park.

Bryan Oviedo at Griffin Park.

Here's what we learned from the 3-3 thriller at Griffin Park.

Sunderland have forgotten how to win:

Just one win in 13 games this season, Sunderland found themselves 3-1 up at half-time but were unable to hold on for the lead.

They appeared unsure how to approach the second half, Brentford regaining the momentum through Florian Jozefzoon’s free-kick.

Lewis Grabban attacks the Brentford defence.

Lewis Grabban attacks the Brentford defence.

Once that went in, it seemed inevitable how the rest of the game would pan out, supporters were just thankful they didn't completely cave.

Sunderland offered little going forward second half and got deeper and deeper into their own half.

Bakc-to-back home games at the Stadium of Light next up for Sunderland. Four points minimum needed ahead of the trip to Boro otherwise the pressure on Grayson may prove too much.

Simon Grayson keeps faith with Jason Steele.

Brentford score their opening goal.

Brentford score their opening goal.

There was plenty of anticipation ahead of the teamsheets coming out at 2pm at Griffin Park, what - if any - changes would Grayson make this week?

In goal, Grayson kept faith with Steele despite calls from many quarters for Robbin Ruiter to be recalled to the Sunderland side.

The former Boro and Blackburn stopper was left exposed for the first goal and could do little about the equaliser, the ball taking a wicked deflection off Neal Maupay.

Could he have done more for the free-kick? Perhaps. Steele made a movement to his right before the ball flew past his left, Steele labouring to get across his line.

It was a stunning strike, though, and Steele's kicking was much-improved despite the blustery conditions.

It would appear Grayson has settled on Steele as his No.1.

Didier Ndong back to his bustling best:

There had been widespread debate over whether Ndong or Lee Cattermole should be dropped following a string of under-par performances.

Both started at Griffin Park. Cattermole, who was involved in Brentford's opener, again came in for criticism but Ndong was back to something like his best.

Snapping away at the heels of the Brentford midfield all game, giving them little time and space to dictate play.

Full of energy, he covered a lot of ground. Still room for huge improvement but a promising display in the middle.

Sunderland put their fanbase through the mill.

Roared off at half-time, the Sunderland fanbase were enjoying their day trip to West London, their side 3-1 up at half-time and seemingly on course for only their second league win.

Come full-time, those same supporters didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Brentford pegging Sunderland back to secure a 3-3 draw, truth be told there could have been few complaints had the Bees won the game.

Some applause, some boos, some frustrated angry shouts as the players trudged off. This was a point on the road, the third game unbeaten but it felt like a defeat.

Sunderland should have had an extra four points on the board from the home game with QPR and trip to Brentford. Yet it was a case of more points dropped.

The squad is underperforming. Questions rightly asked of the manager. Much more is expected.

Time for an Under-23 run-out for Callum McManaman?

With Jonny Williams, Marc Wilson and Tyias Browning all missing through injury, Grayson named something resembling his strongest starting line-up available to him depending where you stand on the Ruiter v Steele debate.

Yet there was one name again missing from the starting line-up. Callum McManaman.

The former Wigan and West Brom winger on the bench again, not quite ready to start despite Grayson praising his sharpness on the training ground just days before.

One sure fire way of boosting his match sharpness would be to get a run-out for the Under-23s, how else will he do it?

He came on for the final 23 minutes but Sunderland need him from the start.

More than a touch of fortune about all three goals conceded:

Sunderland are yet to keep a league clean sheet this campaign, a shocking statistic and they shipped three more goals at Griffin Park putting the spotlight again on the defence.

Yet, the back four actually had a reasonable game and dealt with the majority of the questions posed by the Bees attack.

The first goal Cattermole was caught in possession, though replays showed he was clearly fouled by Nico Yennaris who went on to score. Typical Sunderland.

Didier Ndong was then wrongly pulled up for a foul that Brentford scored their second from, a free-kick that sailed past Steele before a huge deflection for the third.

Defensively Sunderland have been pretty rotten all season but on this occasion there was more than a touch of fortune about all three goals.