“I don’t think we can put our finger on what it is at home,” the Englishman said. “Maybe we’ve been a bit negative sometimes. But we’ll be on the front foot on Sunday and hopefully we can get the first goal.”
Not only have the Wearside club only won two games at home this season, their long-term home form is also a cause for concern. They have registered just nine victories at the Stadium of Light in over two years, and considering the supposed advantage that home form gives you, they should really be looking to improve their fortunes.
The Black Cats are struggling with a potential relegation to the Championship, and they should be looking to win every game at home until the end of the season. If they do this and continue their impressive draw record away from home, one would suspect that they would be safe for another season.
With just two wins at home all season, it is hard to see how the club could realistically survive in the top flight. It could be said that they arguably do not deserve to secure safety if they cannot even perform well at home, and new head coach Dick Advocaat should be doing all he can to reverse their dreadful Wearside form - starting this weekend with the Tyne-Wear derby.