It is a fair bet that Steve Bruce does not subscribe to the Blackcats list or read Salut! Sunderland. He may know of the existence of neither.
It is perhaps just as well …
My own verdict on our latest grim disappointment – dumped out of the FA Cup by supposedly the worst team in the Premier, a club engulfed in a crisis that has reduced their day-to-day running to a shambles – was: ”Custom and practice: cannot defend a lead.”
This made way for the rather neat “Defensive clangers set off the Pompey chimes”, the first offering – in Pete Sixsmith’s absence from Fratton Park – of a new cnmtributor, of whom more later.
Each verdict tells the same essential story: even restrained Sunderland fans are fed up with the week-after-week failure of their team to muster a semblance of an effective defence.
If we are not well beaten without raising a whimper, we are throwing away leads or failing even to hang on for a draw.
It has reached the stage where, since we have no cause to expect a point from Everton on Wednesday, forthcoming home games against Wigan and Stoke now look vital must-win affairs if we are not going to sink into yet another relegation battle. Some fans fear our collective and individual failings have already plunged us into one.
I read the following contributionto the Blackcats, from Scott, with a bleak sense of deja vu.
Portsmouth are clearly the weakest side in the Premiership yet once again we were unable to overcome them. These are worrying times ….
I thought Bruce would bring some steel to our spineless away performances yet despite changes in personnel we appear to be the same old Sunderland. I share the view that no matter who plus for us, who manages us and who invests in us, we are destined for a life of disappointment punctuated with the odd false dawn!
Steve Bruce has been honest after each pathetic performance since we beat Arsenal in October, a league success that doesn’t just seem a long way away from where we are now, but is. Now, with the greatest of respect, is the time for action rather than words.
Bruce would not like the tone of some of the other messages left on the Blackcats loop tonight. But he has to take notice of the fact that some of football’s longest-suffering fans are feeling seriously despondent and disillusioned.