If you asked any Sunderland fans at 5pm Saturday, were they surprised with the defeat at struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers and I guarantee you, many would not be shocked to see a Sunderland side go from heroes one week, to villains the next.
The Chelsea win seems so long ago now and after all of that hard work, the work has been undone by 90 minutes of madness at Molineux.
This was a defensive horror show! The loss of our two main central defenders in Michael Turner and Titus Bramble has not helped matters, but with the players we brought in, we should not be conceding three goals to any team, let alone one at the wrong end of the Premier League table.
Wolves bossed the game from start to finish, and although a few positive tactical changes worked for a short spell, the team never really got going and lacked the spirit shown by a team fighting for Premier League survival.
We looked very threatening going forward, with Welbeck continuing his good form, Asamoah Gyan returning from injury and Bent getting back on the score sheet, yet defensively we never really got a grip with the troublesome Kevin Doyle and Matthew Jarvis who looked magnificent and full credit has to be given to Mick McCarthy’s men.
A few players have to be wary of the players behind them in the squad because people such as Steed Malbranque, Ahmed Elmohammady and Gyan will all be looking to force their way back into the starting eleven, and with players such as these at his disposal, who’s to say Steve Bruce won’t take advantage of the in-depth squad he has constructed.
With the Premier League so tight, there is a big game for us next week at home to West Ham and hopefully, Bruce can take the positives of the attack and work on the negative aspects of defence to get a crucial three points that can allow the lads to push on in the festive period.
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