It’s been yet another disappointing season for Sunderland so far with the club picking up inconsistent results, affecting their chances at getting that much needed promotion.
Fans are starting to lose their patience and did even more so during the Black Cats’ 2-1 home defeat to Burton Albion last night.
The supporters inside the Stadium of Light could be heard chanting “You’re getting sacked in the morning” at Parkinson along with “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” at the players following the final whistle.
Phil Parkinson has now lost seven of his 11 games in charge since replacing Jack Ross, leaving them 11th in the League One table.
?️ "We didn’t respond when we conceded the second and that’s simply not good enough.
“We didn’t show enough character or conviction in our play and I accept the reaction from the supporters because the last quarter of the game wasn't good enough."
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) November 26, 2019
When quizzed on the chants, the Sunderland boss said: “It’s understandable. Concededing 70 minutes there’s time left, plenty of time left and we didn’t show any bravery after that.
“You need conviction and belief and we didn’t show that.
“The FA Cup games were disappointing, this is the first home league defeat. Keeping clean sheets is an issue, you can’t keep conceding slopping goals like we did.
“It was two cheap goals, we could have dealt with the second one in the middle of our goal.
“In a stadium with expectation you need to give yourself a chance by believing you can keep clean sheets.
“The fans are entitled to an expectation.
“Pressure? I accept totally the reaction.
“For the last quarter of the game we were nowhere near good enough and if I was sat in the stand I wouldn’t accept that. Wearing the Sunderland shirt you need the courage to play and we didn’t have that,.
“We looked aimless in the last spell of the game.
“I totally accept the criticism, it wasn’t good enough in that last period, Sometimes it doesn’t go for you and you have to show resilience and belief to get there.
“We need additions, no doubt about it. We need players who will relish playing at this stage. In fairness in the league games here they have done that and they did it on Saturday when we kept going.
“This is the first time I sensed the pressure is on us. I think the pressure of the situation, conceding the goal, I felt genuinely the lift of a late goal on Saturday would boost us.”
“I have had teams promoted from this league, both playoffs and automatic and I know what is required and I feel we need to show more mental strength to get there.”
Fans took to give their thoughts on what Phil Parkinson had to say along with the full time reaction – see those tweets on the next page.