WELCOME to the Stadium of Mild, Chris.
This graveyard of a floor has already seen off two managers this yr.
And it has taken only one match for brand new Black Cats boss Chris Coleman to witness his first wreckage on Wearside.
This dismal defeat to Studying, performed out to a near-empty stadium for the final 15 minutes, was as unhealthy as something served up by Cookie’s predecessors David Moyes and Simon Grayson.
And it signifies that by the point Sunderland host Fulham – Coleman’s former membership – in a fortnight, will probably be in the future shy of a YEAR since they final received a recreation right here.
In whole it’s 21 matches because the Black Cats loved a house victory, already an English document.
And if Coleman – whose reign started with two away video games, dropping at Aston Villa and successful at Burton – didn’t perceive the dimensions of the duty he has taken on, he definitely does now.
The hosts have been up in opposition to it from the second Callum McManaman stupidly dealt with the ball into the web on the stroke of half-time and picked up his second yellow card.
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And the ten-man hosts couldn’t address Studying after the break, with Dave Edwards – considered one of Coleman’s Euro 2016 Welsh heroes – placing the guests forward, earlier than Mo Barrow scored twice.
A gutted Coleman admitted: “We obtained a person despatched off after which everybody was down – it was doom and gloom. It’s a large disappointment for us as a result of we’re flat once more now.
“We picked up final week and we’re again to sq. one this week. We’ve got been kicked again down into the gutter. I can’t change what has occurred right here earlier than. However I’ve been right here, I’ve had one recreation and I’ve fallen flat on my face.”
Coleman really thought Sunderland had taken the lead in first-half damage time, when Adam Matthews chipped a cross over keeper Vito Mannone and McManaman bundled it in on the road.
However referee Keith Stroud rightly noticed that McManaman had dealt with it and despatched him off for his second yellow, following an earlier foul on Barrow.
It then took Studying simply eight minutes into the second half to interrupt the impasse as Edwards slotted in after Sone Aluko’s shot was blocked.
Jaap Stam’s facet went two forward after 68 minutes when Liam Kelly crossed for Barrow on the again put up, who volleyed by way of hapless Sunderland stopper Robbin Ruiter.
And ex-Swansea winger Barrow had his second three minutes later with a first-time cushioned end from Yann Kermorgant’s hook into the field.
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Lewis Grabban grabbed a comfort for Sunderland 14 minutes from time from the penalty spot, after sub Joel Asoro went down – albeit very simply – underneath Leandro Bacuna’s sort out.
However by that stage, lots of the 27,386 followers had already left – a typical sorry sight right here.
Visiting boss Stam admitted: “If a membership is in a tough scenario, you know the way the gang can react at instances.
“So typically as an opposition you wish to use that and play a sure means – maintain the ball, allow them to chase it – and the gang will react.”
Stam’s facet are unbeaten in 4 and as much as 14th, and the Dutchman added: “Generally you may play properly with out getting outcomes.
“However we have been all the time assured in what we may do, we’ve got caught to our plan and it has began to repay.”