You know the old cliché. Home form is crucial if you want to survive in a relegation dogfight.
Sunderland fans will no doubt be a little shaken by Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Ipswich Town – their fourth loss in five league fixtures at the Stadium of Light.
In truth, the Black Cats started well. But, as soon as Ipswich took the lead via a smart Joe Garner finish and doubled their advantage just before half-time thanks to an Adam Matthews own goal, Sunderland collapsed and offered little in the way of a reply.
Déjà vu, then, for the Wearside faithful.
And Ipswich attacker Freddie Sears has done a good job with summing up everything that is wrong with Sunderland in front of their own supporters in recent times.
“You could see Sunderland’s heads dropped as soon as we scored the first goal,” Sears said in quotes reported by the Chronicle.
“Goals change games because they started well and were on top so we had to weather a bit of a storm. We knew if we could get the first goal it would change everything. After the second goal it really did turn.
“Their team is struggling so it’s a nice place to come to play your football. There’s no hostility against you, nothing like that. As soon as we got the goals, it felt very comfortable.”
You would struggle to find a highly-paid pundit or a regular match-goer who would sum up that trademark Sunderland capitulation in a more succinct fashion. And although fans will not want to admit it, they will surely be nodding their head in dissatisfied agreement with everything Sears says.