Adam Johnson has admitted in the wake of Sunderland's 2-1 home defeat at the hands of West Ham United that time is running out for Sunderland to save themselves;
In speaking with the Shields Gazette, the England midfielder said;
It's another game down. We keep saying ‘this is the game, this is the game' but time is running out now.
The games are running out and we've got some tough ones coming up.
We have to capitalise on the games at home, which we haven't done all season.
We've got four home games left and I think if we win all four, we've got a chance. There's still eight games and points to play for.
We've just got to stick together and keep trying to do the right things. We can't get cut adrift because it's difficult then.
Any of the games away from home against the top six are difficult, but we tend to perform better against those top teams.
Which is all well and good having hope and trying desperately to stir some positivity, but by his own admission we need to do something we've not done all season -- win our home games.
It's difficult to work out where the next win will come from, and Johnson also says he has doubts over the side's belief to turn things around;
It's the same old story, isn't it?
There were mistakes. We huffed and puffed and created chances, but I don't know if we believed we were going to score.
Which is the latest in a spate of honest admissions from Sunderland players about their lack of something after Seb Larsson admitted they didn't want to win as much as Norwich in the previous outing. This time we lack belief that we'll score.
How utterly depressing.