Sunderland need fresh blood in January – Gary Rowell column

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ONE POINT out of six was not what I was looking for or expecting from our two home games against West Bromwich Albion and QPR.

A minimum of four points should have been more than achievable, but, in the end, we were lucky to get even one.

In both games Sunderland were poor, lacking in confidence and appearing mentally fragile.

At least against West Brom at the weekend, we got a couple of goals from Craig Gardner and Stephane Sessegnon, even though we were always chasing the game and the better team eventually won.

But the QPR game on Tuesday night was something else.

Quite simply, it was as bad a game of football as you are ever likely to see.

If there is a worse one in the Premier League this season, then I don’t want to be there.

Apart from on-loan left-back Danny Rose’s performance, who was Sunderland’s man of the match by a country mile, I saw nothing positive about the Black Cats.

We are so lacking in confidence that, in the end, I was almost grateful for a point, something which should not be the case when the bottom team comes to your place.

It looks now as if January can’t come around quickly enough.

Sunderland desperately need some pace and physical presence in the team – both games highlighted that.

We were so static and there was no real drive or spark about the team.

The players look like they’re hoping for something to happen rather than going out and making it happen.

That is the feeling you get from Sunderland at the moment and it’s a big worry.

One point out of six really puts us in it.

You look at the next two fixtures after getting one point from two home matches and wonder how we are going to get anything against Norwich or Chelsea?

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