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GUEST BLOG: Chelsea Thoughts & More From Michael Bowers

Guest blogger Michael Bowers is back again this week with his assessment of the defeat away to Chelsea at the weekend.

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I was really, really annoyed at the loss on Saturday at Stamford Bridge for two reasons.

One, because Chelsea have been woeful this season. Two, because we made stupid errors for the first two goals and, on top of that, we made them look far better than they have proven to be recently.

I’m much calmer now than I was after the game, but still disappointed nonetheless.

One positive is Fabio Borini bagging his first goal since re-joining Sunderland. Hopefully that will get him to kick on now. Imagine if he scores the winner against Liverpool when they rock up at the Stadium of Light a week on Wednesday!

Chelsea are still Chelsea, regardless of what position in the table they are in. I can accept losing - I’d fully expect to get beat nine times of of ten against them. What I can’t accept is, once again, not taking advantage of a team being on a poor run or being in poor form.

I have had the habit of losing my cool when we lose a game, especially one that I don’t feel we should be losing. Purely and simply, it's utter frustration because I’ve seen it happen too many times.

It’s not just one bad game or performance, but the latest in a series of bad performances that tell me we are in for a long, hard struggle in the second half of the season.

Let’s take last season for example - look at the three teams who got relegated – Queens Park Rangers, Burnley and Hull City. We lost twice to bottom club QPR. We practically gave them their first points of the season when we went to Loftus Road and we gifted them their first away points of the season at the Stadium of Light.

I was happy with the points we took off Burnley. We drew nil-nil at Turf Moor which I thought was about right considering they still had that ‘promotion buzz’. In the return fixture we managed a fairly professional win.

When we played Hull at home last Christmas they hadn’t won an away fixture since the opening day of the season, hadn’t won in their last ten league games and didn’t score in the previous three before playing us. We go one-nil up within the first minute but we then capitulate and lose three-one. Then, away from home, we somehow got a draw, despite another poor performance.

So - one win in six games against the relegated sides, of which two had been promoted that same season. While we’re at it, we couldn’t beat Leicester either. When I say that we as a club have a lackadaisical, lazy attitude this is exactly what I mean.

That seriously needs to change, starting with three points at home against Aston Villa on the second of January.

That said I still believe we will stay up although, if we do, we need to back Sam Allardyce with cash in January to sign players who will actually increase our survival chances. I’m fed up with either signing bargains or over-spending on players who do nothing on the pitch and do not care enough.

As for our current points tally, I’m not happy with the position we’re in but let’s remember we have overturned bigger gaps than this – just look at the 2013-2014 season. We were seven points adrift of safety before beating Newcastle and seven points adrift with six games left before achieving the greatest escape there has ever been.

All is not lost – yet.

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