Theory is proved correct as West Ham are the fall guys yet again

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Ask any West Ham United fan and they will tell you the same thing, their team are always the fall guys.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic before the gameWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic 

The Hammers have endured a torrid second season under Slaven Bilic, a far cry from their record breaking efforts last term.

Woeful recruitment and a lack of investment from co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold has been blamed for the club's shortcomings.

Supporters are growing increasingly disillusioned with thousands stating they do not intend to renew season tickets in online polls.

It is all in stark contrast to the club's record breaking farewell season at the Boleyn Ground last year.

But one thing the club's fans are well used to is being the fall guys and on Saturday up at hapless basement boys Sunderland it was more of the same.

The theory goes that if your team hasn't won for a prolonged period, your striker hasn't scored for years or is searching for his first - or seemingly any landmark - goal or indeed if everyone has been beating a particular team, then all you need to do is play West Ham to put things right.

Sunderland's Fabio Borini celebrates scoring their second goalSunderland's Fabio Borini celebrates scoring their second goal

And so it proved yet again at the Stadium of Light where the Hammers lived up to their billing as the most wasteful team in the Premier League by twice squandering the lead to draw 2-2.

Somewhat predictably, though, Sunderland - the team everyone has been beating - ended a dismal run of 701 mins without a single goal by scoring not once, but twice against Bilic's side.

West Ham United fansWest Ham United fans

It is nothing new for West Ham fans of course, indeed many predicted as much before the game.

But the Hammers faithful expected more when they agreed to move from Upton Park and co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold need to take note, they won't accept being the fall guys for much longer.

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