Whether Sunderland deserve a quick post-match report is frankly in doubt.
But one exchange from BBC Radio Newcastle’s live coverage seemed to sum it up rather well. It went a little like this:
Gary Bennett: “How could Ferdinand be muscled off the ball like that by Arteta?’
Nicky Barnes: “I don’t know what he thought he was doing there.”
Bennett: “I don’t know what he thinks he’s been doing all afternoon.”
That was Beckford’s second goal. Anton was also culpable in the build-up to the first with a painfully weak defensive header.
And he was hardly alone. The commentary suggested an utterly woeful performance against a team that were hardly earth-shatteringly good but out-thought, outfought and outclassed us all over Goodison Park.
After four successive defeats, we are truly in a slump. And with Arsenal (a), Liverpool (h) and Man City (a) to come for the next three games, can anyone please tell Salut! Sunderland where our next points are coming from?
If you had the advantage on me and saw the game by onbe emans or another, let us know how it was for you – if you can bear to.