The Premier League is ruthless on clubs at the wrong end of the table, and the Tyne and Wear outfit Sunderland became victims of it this weekend, by becoming the first team to get relegated to the Championship this season, following their narrow defeat against Bournemouth.
David Moyes, who was at the helm of Old Trafford not so long ago, has not been able to keep the Black Cats at bay this time around, as they fell to their 23rd defeat this season.
They have won just 5 matches all season, and have gained 21 points to their name from 34 the Premier League games so far. They also possess one of the leakiest defences, conceding 60 goals in the top flight while scoring just the 23.
Playing at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland needed a victory to keep themselves in the hunt for safety, and pushed everyone in attack in the final few minutes of the game against Bournemouth. But Josh King was played on goal by Ryan Fraser just minutes from the end, to steal all three points away from Sunderland.
This loss, coupled with Hull City’s well earned 0-0 draw at the St Mary’s, meant that Sunderland have no chance of covering up the gap above the drop zone. The Tigers have 34 points from 35 games this season, leaving the Black Cats with 13 points to cover in the remaining four fixtures this season.
Manager David Moyes has already revealed that he will be happy to stay with the club in the Championship.
Speaking to the media after the game, the Scot said: “I’d like to make sure we get Sunderland back in the Premier League. I think the plan when I sit down with the chairman is to look at how we can get the team back up. This is a great club and I feel for the supporters. We have to try and give them something to cheer about.”
Written by Aakarsh Bommakanti. Tweet to get in touch with him.