02-Dec-2017 17:50:15 | The Guardian
Chris Coleman stood in the home technical area with hands in pockets and a shocked expression on his face. Barely an hour had passed but, already, he was surrounded by banks of fast-emptying red seats and his first home match as Sunderland’s manager seemed inexorably destined for defeat.
Perhaps buoyed by last weekend’s win at Burton Albion, the former Wales manager had breezily declared there was “nothing to be scared of” as his new players attempted to win their first game for almost a year at the Stadium of Light, but he was soon stripped of such naivety. Sunderland have now failed to win at home in 21 attempts since beating Watford here on 17 December last year and this dismal run is exerting a debilitating psychological effect on a mentally fragile, injury-ravaged and largely sub-standard squad.