Sunderland star Seb Larsson has explained to the Chronicle what he felt was the biggest flaw in Gus Poyet’s side during the 4-0 defeat against Aston Villa over the weekend.
The Black Cats found themselves four goals behind at the break, which prompted thousands of fans to leave at half-time.
Larsson has suggested that the most frustrating thing is that the side could have made things easier for themselves, preventing a situation where they had a mountain to climb.
“They scored a goal that is so, so easy for them and we didn’t stand up after that,” said Larsson.
“The goals we conceded in that first half were so avoidable, every single one.”
“It’s just a ridiculous amount of mistakes from all of us out there.”
When Sunderland were thumped 8-0 by Southampton earlier in the season, they responded well despite losing 2-0 against Arsenal in their next game.
They responded against the Gunners and looked much more difficult to break down and more organised defensively, not making things so easy for their opposition.
The same needs to happen against West Ham this weekend, who are fighting to turn things around themselves under Sam Allardyce.
Larsson, and the other experienced players in the team, need to step up and provide the leadership and response, which was lacking against Villa.
Manager Gus Poyet is under real pressure and if he keeps his job, he needs his players to respond positively and produce a good reaction to help ease that pressure and give the fans something to shout about.