Ian Wright felt sorry for Sunderland's Steven Fletcher against Sunderland

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher cut an isolated figure up front against Southampton.

Ian Wright has told BBC's Match of the Day that he felt sorry for Steven Fletcher during Sunderland’s match against Southampton.

The Black Cats played Fletcher up-front on his own against Southampton, and he cut an isolated figure during the contest.

Fletcher worked effortless with little reward, with the Saints eventually running out 1-0 winners in the fixture.

And Wright said: “What was confusing for me, is that if they were going to start the game like they did [why didn’t they get more bodies around Fletcher?]

“Once they clear the ball, there’s no support for him. They should be closer. If that’s their game plan, who is getting close enough? They’re 20 yards apart from him.

“I really felt for Fletcher. There was nothing for him.”

Fletcher has been in brilliant goalscoring form of late, but he didn’t really have a chance to hit the back of the net against Southampton.

Sam Allardyce tried to tighten his team up in defence, after they lost 6-2 to Everton in their last fixture, and his game-plan was almost effective.

Although Southampton had most of the play, Sunderland kept them at bay until Yann M’Vila gave away a needless penalty which Dusan Tadic tucked home.

That goal turned out to be the winner, and the defeat leaves Sunderland still sitting in the relegation zone.

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