I can't help wondering what would've happened if Ben Foster hadn't had that brain fart at the end of the first West Brom game but boy am I glad he did! Suddenly we're bound for Wembley, Agbonlahor's flying, Benteke's flying and N'Zogbia is at least partially levitating. It obviously aids the cause when you're playing a team who were utterly putrid but we played good stuff regardless. Michael, the supporters weren't exactly enamored with Poyet before, is this a step beyond? A quick sacking before the Newcastle game has worked before!
Witnessed the game first hand, unfortunately. It was up there with the worst Sunderland performances I’ve ever seen, and trust me, I've seen some corkers over the years. If not for the Villa players visibly taking pity on us in the second half, they could and probably would have eclipsed our stuffing at Southampton in October. Credit where it's due, Timothy has instilled some fight into the team and even appears to have solved the N'zogbia conundrum.
I think we can all agree that big changes need to be made, but when your squad is made up of weaklings and shirkers who aren't prepared to pass and move, track back and do the basics, you wonder what can be done to make things better between now and May. I'm not saying that the criticism coming Poyet's way isn't entirely justified or even that he deserves to keep his job, although there must come a point when we have to recognise that our seemingly never-ending malaise isn't just about the manager. To be fair to Ellis Short, he's consistently funded deals for players who really should be decent performers, and yet successive managers have failed to build solid teams. I can't pretend to understand it, all I know is that it's been happening for far too long.