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The Rokies Awards: Sunderland’s Worst result of 2017 - VOTE!

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To round off what has been a thoroughly miserable 2017 we’ve decided to hold our very own awards ceremony - The Rokies. Kicking us off today is the announcement of the nominees for Sunderland’s worst result of 2017 - be sure to vote for which one you feel was the worst in the poll at the bottom of the article.

The Rokies!

Gav - @Gav1879

In all honesty we’ve been spoiled for choice with this award, and just limiting it to five nominations is actually incredibly difficult.

There have been some horrendous performances and moments, but the day that, for me, the reality of our situation set in was undoubtedly when we lost 5-2 away at Ipswich in September.

We hadn’t won any of the six games prior to it and absolutely everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. Mick McCarthy - our former manager, of course - led his side to a victory over us which was nothing short of embarrassing, capped off by an absolutely horrendous performance from Jason Steele and the fact that a player we turned down signing in the summer, former academy product Martyn Waghorn, scored the opening goal and then followed it up with a hattrick of assists.

Former player Waghorn humiliated us.
Ipswich Town via Getty Images

Tom - @Walshie409

When was the point when you stopped caring about Sunderland AFC? The 2016/17 campaign changed my entire outlook on this football club, it made me realise they will never achieve anything that will give you a modicum of pride. While there are numerous nominations, and my spirit cracked about February time, the pathetic nature of 1-0 away defeat to Middlesbrough in April summed up our year.

Two hilariously bad teams duking it out to see who was the least sh*t. We started well-ish, conceded to a long ball down the middle of the park and that was it. There was an atmosphere among the Sunderland support so poisonous it lasted for another seven months.

The players were a disgrace but that was almost a given by this point. We had a coward and a charlatan in charge, a bunch of mercenaries on the pitch and an exasperated fanbase fighting among each other. Anger would be the justified reaction to this but I felt absolutely nothing. I didn’t care anymore, I haven’t really since.

I will never, ever forgive David Moyes for that.

Middlesbrough v Sunderland - Premier League
“The Dunce Derby” I believe it was called.
Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Mark Carrick - @Carrima

We’ve seen some poor results this year, but I’ve plumped for the 3-0 reverse at Barnsley as my nomination for the Worst Result of 2017.

We went down to Yorkshire thinking it couldn’t get any worse, yet a typical Sunderland collapse half an hour into the game saw us go from 0-0 to 2-0 down within the space four minutes. We never recover from such traumatic episodes and a third goal in the second half just confirmed the defeat.

The manner of the goals we conceded were bad. The way we collapsed was shocking. The fact we offered so little to trouble Barnsley was woeful. We didn’t tackle, or run, or compete and thoroughly deserved the result.

Yet the biggest concern was the way the players all simply decided to do their own thing. Grayson couldn’t control his side and any game-plan or tactics he had imparted flew out of the window. The fans who had made the trip made their feelings clear.

It was a low point in the current campaign and it was only August. Our fall was not over, not by a long shot, but it was a game I remember as wondering ‘what have we become?’

Sunderland v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship
When it first became clear that Grayson was very much out of his depth.
Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

James Copley - @JamesCopley73

The recent 3-3 draw at home to Bolton was a particular low point for me. Bolton are awful and were in terrible form coming into the match.

As is usually the case with Sunderland at home in 2017, Bolton took the lead through Sammy Ameobi of all people. The ex-Newcastle failure doing his best impression of a footballer for the first time in living memory to score what can only be described as a banter goal.

Sunderland being Sunderland like to throw you a bone every now and then, and Lewis Grabban turned the game around to put Sunderland 2-1 up - for a whole three minutes...

...only for Gary Madine to then make it 2-2.

Bolton duly took the lead shortly afterward, meaning Sunderland went from winning 2-1 to losing 2-3 in the space of ten minutes. Paddy McNair managed to nab an equaliser, but the lads couldn't force a win.

A truly dreadful performance which rightly signaled the end of Simon Grayson's tenure on Wearside.

Bury v Sunderland - Carabao Cup First Round
The last disappointing result Simon would oversee on Wearside.
Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Alex McCain - @AlexRokerReport

For a result to truly be bad, it’s negativity must run deeper than mere numbers on a scoreboard - which is exactly why I’ve gone for the 5-1 loss to Chelsea on the final day of last season.

Sunderland were dead in the water by the time we floated downstream to Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea celebrate finishing at the other end of the table. As it would turn out, losing by five goals to one wasn’t bad enough - we had to give John Terry, of all people, a guard of bloody honour.

Under Moyes’ instruction, Jordan Pickford kicked the ball out of play on the 26th minute so that the red-and-white shirts could stand in line and applaud John Terry off the pitch, as if the bloke actually meant something to us. This gesture rounded off the Moyes era perfectly, by making us look like a pathetic little sideshow sanctioned by a pathetic little man.

There’s an endless list of reasons why I’m thankful the club parted company with Moyes, but no reason is more profound than this.

Everton v Sunderland - Premier League
“You want us to worship your captain before your team batters us? Aye, why not!”
Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images


Which one of these was your ‘worst result of 2017’?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Ipswich 5-2 Sunderland (26th September)
    (94 votes)
  • 8%
    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland (26th April)
    (28 votes)
  • 31%
    Barnsley 3-0 Sunderland (26th August)
    (106 votes)
  • 11%
    Sunderland 3-3 Bolton (31st October)
    (38 votes)
  • 21%
    Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland (21st May)
    (73 votes)
339 votes total Vote Now