It is difficult to start writing about this week’s performance against West Brom after a very disappointing display. Our away form has never been something to be admired but this week’s outing was worse than most.
Going into the game, I felt confident that an attacking side would take something against a West Brom side that we should be beating if we are to mount a decent challenge for Europe.
However, Darren Bent never got a chance to show what he can do, the midfield looked lacklustre and out of options, while the defence were caused problems by the West Brom wingers, especially James Morrison and second half sub Giles Barnes.
On paper this maybe should have been a relatively easy Sunderland win, but then it wouldn’t be the beauty of football.
Steve Bruce needs to make changes for the midweek League Cup game against Colchester, and the one that needs to be made is giving young Trevor Carson a chance in goal. Simon Mignolet has the potential to be a top class goalkeeper, but he looked slightly nervous on Saturday.
Improvements are needed fast and a return to solid home form is required with a cup win and also a good display next week against Manchester City, by which victory would boost the confidence of the squad, manager and the increasingly disillusioned fans.
There were occasional moments when the side showed what they were capable of with good passing and movement, yet these moments were few and far between.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.