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Sunderland fans react on Twitter to Chris Coleman's complaints about a lack of centre-backs

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Sunderland at St Andrews on January 30, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Sunderland have just one centre-back to pick from ahead of their weekend match.

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland fans have started to blame Chris Coleman in part for their defensive struggles.

Sunderland were beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light last night, with their performance woeful.

To make matters worse the Black Cats were dealt two injury blows during the contest, with both Tyias Browning and John O’Shea having to be taken off.

And Coleman has now told the Chronicle that he believes he will have just one fit centre-back to pick at the weekend, when his side face Queens Park Rangers.

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

He said: "I've only got one fit CB ahead of weekend. We'll have to see how O'Shea reacts."

However, some Sunderland fans are not particularly sympathetic with the Welsh boss.

They feel Coleman made an error loaning out Tom Beadling to Dunfermline last month, and left himself short at the back.

Sunderland are likely to have to play a full-back in the centre of their defence against QPR now, and the pressure will be on them to improve.

Coleman’s side are rooted to the bottom of the Championship table, and are four points away from safety, with time running out for them to make it out of the drop zone.

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