Date:Monday April 28 2014
Shows what I know doesn't it, I 'stuck my neck on the line' to say that I thought we would beat Sunderland.
Not only did we lose, we were battered once again by a relegation rival as we lost 4-0 at the Stadium of Light.
Don Cowie was the only change by OGS from the last game, a first start since the end of February for him.
Perhaps Fraizer Campbell didn't have the ball under complete control but when he went down under a clumsy challenge from Wes Brown a penalty could have been given, but it wasn't.
The first goal, which was always going to be the all important one, was Sunderland's though.
Adam Johnson threatened but his cross was deflected behind for a corner but failure to defend this, as we did more than once on the afternoon, allowed Connor Wickham to get in ahead of his marker Kevin Theophile-Catherine to head home from Sebastian Larsson's delivery.
It took long enough for a foul to be given but eventually Phil Dowd sent off Juan Cala off.
Cala did foul Wickham when he looked to pull him back after a poor touch that can't ever be doubt but Dowd allowed Wickham the advantage of getting into the area, as he was fouled out of it, attempting to go around David Marshall and getting a shot away that Cala covered before he pulled play back, a good six to ten seconds after the initial incident.
When he did pull it back, not only did he give a penalty when it was out of the box he of course sent Cala off.
Once more I'm not disputing it was a foul, and a red card, but the 'advantage' seemed far too much and it wasn't even a penalty. Fabio Borini took this and he tucked this away to give us a mountain to climb.
A route back into the game could have come when Jordan Mutch was fouled to give us a freekick in a dangerous area. Peter Whittingham stepped up but his deflected effort was turned away by Vito Mannone, that was about as good as it got.
Marshall saved from point blank range to deny Borini a second but the third eventually came.
Emmanuel Giaccherini had been on the field only moments when he was put through and with only Marshall to beat the Italian international beat the Scottish international to make sure of a Sunderland win, which would have come anyway as we just couldn't threaten at the other end.
Wickham tormented us throughout the afternoon and he scored again late on.
Another corner picked him out with his header, thanks to a bit of a deflection, went beyond Marshall to leave us with an even tougher job of staying up than we faced before the game.
The win not only saw Sunderland move from bottom to Premier League safety ahead of Norwich but meant we went rock bottom, albeit just two points behind Sunderland but they have momentum and a game in hand not to mention they won't be facing a side that are now back in the title race on the final day of the season.
You can't really imagine we'll be coming back from this one will we?
Date:Monday April 28 2014
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