Sunderland appear to be very successful in one respect.
Unfortunately, for them, their success this season revolves around finding ever more inventive ways to add extra self-inflicted misery.
Saturday brought yet another defeat, losing 2-0 to Preston at home.
This is the same Preston who Sunderland stole their manager off last summer, Simon Grayson making an ill-fated move to Wearside.
This morning, Preston are now 32 points ahead of Sunderland, only two points off the play-offs, whilst the Mackems are rock bottom and looking certainties for League One. Defeat to Preston means no wins in the last 10 games with seven defeats and three draws.
The match result yesterday was only part of their misery though, as midfielder Darron Gibson was arrested three hours before the game on suspicion of drink-driving, following an incident where a car crashed at high speed into a number of parked cars in a Sunderland residential street.
Then to cap it all, a Newcastle fan wearing his NUFC shirt (see image below) won the half-time crossbar challenge, before he ‘did a lap of the pitch celebrating like Shearer’.
A Preston fan on Twitter:
“Sunderland are abysmal.
“Could you be arsed?
“Stadium empty at 65 mins.
“Down to 10 men.
“North End fans taking the pi…
“To top it off a bloke in a Newcastle kit won the crossbar challenge at HT and did a lap of the pitch celebrating like Shearer.
“League 1 beckons.”
— Col (@GreensideMags) March 17, 2018
It turns out that the Newcastle fan who starred at half-time, was one of a group of supporters of various clubs who had walked from Bournemouth’s stadium to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, completing their journey on Friday.
So far they have raised £11,890 for the Bradley Lowery Foundation, if you would like to add to that total go HERE.