Sunderland’s League One automatic promotion hopes are over after they lost 2-1 away at Fleetwood Town last night.
Lee Cattermole had given the Black Cats the lead after half an hour, but Paddy Madden equalised for the hosts with fifteen minutes left to play. Ashley Eastham then broke Sunderland hearts, heading home the winner from a corner in the fifth minute of stoppage-time.
It was only the fourth defeat of the season for Jack Ross’ side, but nineteen draws have proved costly and leave the Mackems in the playoffs.
Ross was fuming after the defeat and revealed to the Sunderland Echo he had told the players a few brutal realities in the dressing room after the game.
However, fans were quick to react on social media following the result, with many pessimistic ahead of the upcoming playoffs and some questioning the manager’s tactics and whether he was the right man to take the club forward.
Here is a selection of their responses to a disappointing and frustrating night on Twitter.
Has a Manager ever been replaced before the Playoffs #SAFC
— Mackem (@northeast73) April 30, 2019
Genuinely think I’d rather have David Moyes, Simon Grayson & Chris Coleman all rolled into one over Jack Ross. Pathetic excuse of a manager. #SAFC.
— ً (@jrs76_) April 30, 2019
Jr needs to be more angrier on the sidelines and get those players killing games off. Got no choice in the play-offs or were doomed to L1 again. Serious questions to be asked from players and manager why this happens constantly. #SAFC
— SAFC Dolphins (@sportmad72) April 30, 2019
Rocket scientist Ross says you must improve or you will lose again?…hope he said more than this and has the answers for the play off games against whoever!
— Alex Campbell (@Alexbcampbell2) April 30, 2019
A bit late now to be getting angry should of been angry when drawing at home to wycome and Burton and hoards of other shite teams
— Ray (@Raymond52479726) April 30, 2019
The playoffs are going to be a real struggle unless Ross comes up with something different b/c right now SAFC are predictable & they just don’t have the ruthless streak that’s needed!
— Graeme (@gmangeegee) April 30, 2019
Enough is enough. Embarrassing completely embarrassing. Ross has to go end of season @stewartdonald3
— james (@jxmes123) April 30, 2019
That was bloody shocking stuff Sunderland !!!!!! Should have been 4-0 up at half time, then come out 2nd half forgetting all the dominating 1st 45mins again !! What does Jack Ross say to the Lads at half time to turn them all into feckin sheep ??
— Gazza (@BlackCatGaz) April 30, 2019
Jack Ross out, how has he not realised everytime we sit back after scoring we don’t win?
— David (@DavidDougan10) April 30, 2019
Said it once and I’ll say it again. I love jack Ross for his energy and engagement with fans but he’s not the right man…
— kieran Hartley (@kieranHartley8) April 30, 2019
Yeah but jack Ross is doing a quality job because we haven’t been relegated again !!!! Total joke. With the resources at his disposal there is absolutely no excuse for not winning the league or coming second.
— Chris Black (@Cblack12345) April 30, 2019