Lewis Grabban has a theory why Sunderland are struggling so badly

Lewis Grabban of Sunderland and Alex Whitmore of Bury in action during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Bury and Sunderland at Gigg Lane on August 10, 2017 in Bury, England.

The Sunderland ace has been arguably the only shining light for the Black Cats this term.

Lewis Grabban(R), of Sunderland celebrates with James Vaughan of Sunderland after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby...

Black Cats ace Lewis Grabban spoke to reporters following his side's disappointing 3-3 draw with Brentford on Saturday, and admitted that his side are quite simply making too many mistakes this season, as quoted by the Northern Echo.

Sunderland were leading 3-1 at Griffin Park on Saturday, before conceding two second-half goals which prevented them from taking all three points from west London - a result that kept them firmly entrenched in the relegation zone.

Grabban, 29, has actually enjoyed a fine campaign thus far, from a personal perspective at least, scoring five goals in nine Championship outings, following his loan move from Premier League outfit Bournemouth.

Lewis Grabban (L), of Sunderland shakes hands with sunderland manager Simon Grayson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August...Lewis Grabban 

And the pacey front-man spoke to reporters about how the Wearsiders' failure to cut out repeated mistakes is proving to be extremely detrimental to their ability to pick up positive results this season, as quoted by the Northern Echo:

"The third goal was a deflection, so in terms of the goal it was a bit unlucky. We made too many mistakes in the second half. In terms of the goal it is down to luck, but the performance dipped a bit - I still think the attitude and application was at a high standard, but I think a couple of mistakes led to mounting pressure.”

Lewis Grabban (R), of Sunderland shakes hands with Scott Carson of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4,...Lewis Grabban 

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Sunderland fans will be hoping their their side's fortunes can change over the coming weeks and months, with consecutive relegations now seeming like a very real possibility.

And if they are to excavate themselves from the precarious position they are currently in, they will need Grabban to be at his very best, that much is certain.

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