Not going to write a full match report but here goes:
Sunderland matched us man for man from the kick off with the same 4-2-3-1 formation.
The first ten minutes it looked like it was going to be a pretty even game with both teams getting down the wings quickly. I’m not too sure why Edwards started not only has he been a poor performer recently but he thrives in games where he is going to have a lot of time on the ball and this wasn’t going to be one of them, going to the stadium of light etc. He had a lot of flair going forward but likes to take two many touches and this allowed Sunderland to close him down. Should have started Chaplin but the result wasn’t all down to him.
Aluko was getting a lot of joy on the right by contrast he’s been a quality signing.
Fridge solid defensively tried lots of step overs at the back and a lot of them came off good to See him playing with the Sunderland attackers.
Walton was at fault for the first goal but he’s saved us at other times this season. He likes to get the ball forward quickly from the goal kick but with one upfront there aren’t usually too many options.
Talking about upfront other than a shot in the first half following up from Celina. Bonne was pretty anonymous but again due to lack of service at the feet more than anything. Pigott could start on Tuesday but it would be harsh.
Sunderland definitely didn’t deserve any more than a point but having defended so resolutely for 85 minutes, we threw the game a away at the end. Game management again is our Achilles heel but with 2 games in hand and in 6th Spot Sunderland are the benchmark for us and we’ve got a chance to put it right quickly on 18th December.
#BeKind and mental health pandemic lost on a lot of you. The vitriol spouted at our manager who has only been in a job since March. We’re better than that. What do you actually want? A Watford approach?
If we win our next two will all the flouncing stop? It’s clear things aren’t going to change overnight and if we sort the defence out we climb the league. Portsmouth in poor form and Fleetwood is winnable….uppa towen.
We're not going to steamroll everyone 5-0. Yes we were poor but we had a run of 3/4 games where we had some poor decisions against us. It all balances itself out over the course of the season. Whilst we're still 3rd and chance to beat the leaders we need to get behind Lambert. Disunity is going to help nobody in getting out of this tinpot league.