After dropping through the Premier League and Championship in rock bottom place, many Sunderland fans were predicting a stroll in League One.
With new owners telling them everything they wanted to hear, including embarrassing cheap insults at Newcastle United and their fans, the Mackems thought this was a dramatic rebirth.
Instead, they are finding League One looking their level.
After carrying the luck early in the season with late winners against Charlton and Wimbledon, the luck has largely ran out.
It now stands at only one win in their last seven matches, including an embarrassing 0-0 home draw when Sunderland’s first team played Stoke’s Under 21s in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Tuesday night saw their latest disappointment, at home they took the lead twice against Peterborough.
Maja scored on 21 minutes and the visitors equalised on 74 minutes.
Oviedo had been given a red card in the 68th minute to compound the mackems problems but in the 79th minute they were saved, or so they thought, by Sinclair giving them a lead again.
However, with six minutes to go former Newcastle striker Ivan Toney swooped to equalise.
Ivan Toney has been struggling to get a game since his move from Newcastle and last night was only his third start, having been used mainly as a sub. Rewarding the manager with his third league goal of the season
The 2-2 draw leaves Sunderland in fourth place level on points with Accrington Stanley and already seven points behind leaders Portsmouth and behind Doncaster and Peterborough as well.
Newcastle United have their own troubles at the minute, caused entirely by Mike Ashley and a refusal to invest (the club’s money) throughout NUFC, the first team and infrastructure (Academy, St James Park, training ground).
However, for Sunderland fans to be mocking their neighbours at this time, is the biggest joke.
Sunderland’s last seven matches now read:
Sunderland 2 Peterborough 2
Coventry 1 Sunderland 1
Sunderland 4 Rochdale 1
Burton 2 Sunderland 1
Sunderland 1 Fleetwood 1
Sunderland 0 Stoke Under 21s 0 (Checkatrade)
Sunderland 1 Oxford 1