The former Manchester United and Sunderland defender made the observation during the Black Cats’ Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Sunderland headed into the game high on confidence following a 1-0 defeat of Newcastle United at home, but they capitulated in front of over 40,000 fans at the Stadium of Light.
All four goals that Palace scored came in the second half, leading Higginbotham to suggest that Sunderland lack the ability to stage comebacks.
Big lack of confidence at Sunderland. When they concede one quite often they capitulate.— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) April 11, 2015
Saturday was not the first time that Sunderland have conceded four goals in a single Premier League game this season.
The Black Cats went down 4-0 to Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light last month, a result which cost Gus Poyet his managerial job at the club.
The way Dick Advocaat’s side collapsed in the second half against Palace does suggest that they have a problem.
Playing at home with the fans behind them, the players should have been buoyant and determined to stage a comeback.
It is back to the drawing board for Advocaat and his men now, as the threat of relegation from the Premier League remains as strong as ever.