Sunderland match 45-year unwanted club record; BBC pundit tips them for relegation

Sunderland were defeated 3-1 at home by Norwich City.

Sunderland have matched an unwanted 45-year club record after they slumped to their second successive Premier League defeat of the season, losing 3-1 to Norwich City.

The Black Cats headed into the campaign without making any telling additions to their squad and it has so far shown, with Dick Advocaat’s side losing the opening game 4-2 at Leicester City.

Against the Foxes, it was a really poor turnout from the visitors as they conceded three goals in the opening 20 minutes, much to the frustrations of their Dutch boss.

Advocaat would have been looking for a big response for the visit or Norwich, yet the hosts performed just as poorly as they did at the King Power Stadium.

Goals from Russell Martin, Steven Whittaker and Nathan Redmond put the Canaries firmly in control and summoned Sunderland to equalling a 45-year unwanted club record.

Without a real injection of quality, it’s difficult to see how Sunderland can hope to survive this season, and BBC pundit Garth Crooks is already seeing signs of a team destined for relegation.

“From what I've seen both last week and this week, I don't think Sunderland are going to stay in the Premier League. Whoever does Match of the Day tonight is going to have a field day,” he told the BBC.

The Black Cats host Swansea City next weekend where a big turnaround will be needed in order for the club to get their first points on the board.

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