Sunderland FanZoner Chris Button says recent results have done nothing to lift the spirits on Wearside.
Sunderland's slump in form continues
I previously wrote that our upcoming four games are a decent set of fixtures, well three of those games have now been played and we have four points to show from them. Four points from nine does not look too bad on paper, but when you delve a little deeper it may be a cause for concern.
Fulham had only lost one of their last eight premier league matches before we went to Craven cottage, and we only had one win from our last eight meetings with Fulham, so to get the three points was a great boost.
However, we required Fulham to be down to ten men before we could get any sort of foothold in the game; eventually overpowering the. We still looked like we could throw the game away at the drop of a hat - had it not being for Simon Mignolet having an inspired performance in goal.
We then lost at home to West Brom meaning we have still only won one game at home all season - to be fair West Brom are playing some great stuff at the moment and Mignolet did have a horror show. I believe he should have saved the first goal as he managed to get a weak hand to it.
The less said about the second goal the better, and I am still shocked the ref gave a pen when it was a blatant dive by Liam Ridgewell. Despite this defeat I was pleased to see we managed a couple of goals from different sources and was confident we could beat QPR on home soil. However, having drawn with bottom of the league QPR on Tuesday, 4 points does not seem so great.
Sessegnon claimed the QPR match was a must-win game, and O'Neill was clearly disappointed in his post-match interview and claimed it is becoming a tough old season for Sunderland. This is compounded by the fact we will be up against Chelsea, City, Utd and Spurs in a daunting run of winter fixtures.
Rumours circulated after the defeat to West Brom that Martin O'Neill offered to resign and, although strenuously denied by both club and manager, it can't help the dressing room morale with such speculation flying around. Personally, I don't think its time for O'Neill to leave.
I still think he is a quality manager, with proven experience of changing clubs fortunes for the better. Furthermore, I don't see anyone who could replace him and be considered a "step-up".
I think given time and money he can create a good squad at Sunderland which will hopefully see us push up the table in the coming seasons. However, ensuring we aren't dragged into a relegation battle for the remainder of the season is the urgent task at hand.