You have to give Sunderland credit, they don’t hang about.
A club on a mission, the Mackems have managed to get relegated with 22 days still to go until the end of the season.
A midweek defeat in the ‘big’ derby at Middlesbrough, has been followed up with a desperate home defeat to Bournemouth.
With 21 points from 34 games after the final whistle, the Mackems were relying on Hull City to delay their departure by another week.
David Moyes looked to have been given a stay of execution as with 91 minutes on the clock and the game goalless, Southampton were awarded a penalty.
Tadic stepped up but Jakupovic made a brilliant save to keep it a draw at the end of added time.
That point puts Hull 13 points ahead of rock bottom Sunderland, who have only 12 points to play for now.
One of the worst Premier League teams of all time, Moyes’ side have scored only 26 goals in 24 PL matches.
They have ended the season with a run of 2 points from their last 30 and have scored in only one of their last 10 Premier League matches.
Yes, you have to hand it to them, the Mackems believe in really putting on a show when they get relegated.
In fact, Sunderland have won only one of their last 19 matches (all competitions) and ironically it was 4-0 thrashing of Fat Sam’s Palace away from home – couldn’t make it up.
Even the customary six points Newcastle have gifted them under jokers like Alan Pardew wouldn’t have even scraped the sides when it came to saving them this time.
With their only decent outfield player, Jermain Defoe, set to leave for nothing, it does really look like desperate times ahead once they return to the Championship.
So separated by five days, we do indeed have Sunderland going down and The Mags are going up.
We’ll meet again, don’t know when…