Here we take a look at Sunderland's bad times over the last 12 months.
Arsenal 4-1 Sunderland
In February Arsenal showed just how good they can be on form when they defeated Sunderland 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
Sunderland were one point away from safety at the time and they hardly had the ball against the Gunners, with just 35 per cent possession and substitute Emanuel Giaccherini’s late goal a mere consolation.
Tottenham 5-1 Sunderland
Sunderland suffered another heavy defeat at the hands of a North London club when Tottenham Hotspur beat them 5-1 in April.
Lee Cattermole put them ahead but that was soon forgotten as Spurs put their visitors to the sword in emphatic style, scoring three goals in the final 12 minutes to leave the Black Cats rooted to the bottom of the table.
Southampton 8-0 Sunderland
There is no doubt the worst moment of Sunderland’s 2014 came this season, when a resurgent Southampton side dispatched them 8-0 at St Mary’s.
It was an unbelievable match that included three own goals, but it was also the game that could have turned Sunderland’s season on its head, with some far better displays coming in its aftermath.
Searching for that first win of the new campaign
Sunderland failed to win any of their first six Premier League matches this season, but that changed when the Black Cats defeated Stoke City 3-1 in October.
Prior to that Gus Poyet’s side had proved hard to beat but had struggled to turn draws into wins, with fives draw, one defeat and only five league goals scored in what looked like being a very long campaign.