Chris Coleman says Sunderland’s form is painful, but escaping the drop is not impossible.
The Black Cats were outclassed at home once again on Tuesday night as Aston Villa romped to a 3-0 win at the Stadium of Light.
“It’s painful, it’s brutal at the moment,” the Welshman said, as per Chronicle Live.
“There’s still a chance for us, we keep on refusing to take it, and we keep on digging holes for ourselves, but there is still a chance we have to keep fighting.”
The Black Cats have now picked up just one point from their last four home games, and Coleman was brutally honest about the team’s performances.
“It’s the goals we concede,” he sighed. “It’s hard to take when you give away goals like that.
“They are a good team Aston Villa, they are going to be there or thereabouts, but you don’t have to give them goals – they can earn goals themselves.”
The home side were set to go into the break 1-0 down, but a scrappy goal for Villa’s James Chester doubled the visitor’s lead in first half stoppage time.
“How many times have I sat here after we have conceded the second goal seconds before half-time? It’s a bitter pill to swallow for us.”
To make matters worse for Sunderland fans, Lewis Grabban scored the opener for the visitors. Grabban is Sunderland’s top scorer in the league this season – he left in January.
Still, Coleman says there is light at the end of the tunnel, and his side can do the improbable.
“I feel the negativity, I feel the pull of it because it is such a big club heading in the wrong direction, and to turn it round is incredibly tough.
“But it is not unthinkable, it is not undoable, it is not impossible.”
Sunderland travel to London to take on QPR this weekend before a home tie with Preston and a trip to playoff hopefuls Derby County.
“I can handle it, I’ve had plenty of slaps in the face, plenty of failures, loads of defeats, but there is a manner in which you lose,” Coleman said.
“I have to get them ready for QPR because that’s the one good thing about the Championship, the games come thick and fast, and there is another one just around the corner.
“Maybe it is good that it is away from home because we don’t perform here, not enough.”
Sunderland’s home form is certainly cause for concern for Coleman, but if they can pick up three points at QPR it would be a huge boost going into the tie with Preston next weekend.
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