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Quick Kicks: Manner of our defeat was pathetic - this rotten squad needs to be dismantled

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In today's Quick Kicks: Jordan Pickford - I bet he's seething; the lack of harmony on the pitch; Larsson's red and why I can't wait for Sunderland to have a Summer overhaul.

Sunderland v Manchester United - Premier League Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Arguing from the off

One of the first things that struck me as I watched from my seat at the game yesterday was how almost from the first minute our players were getting on each other's cases whenever there was a mistake made. There was no encouragement, just miscommunication and dismay.

It's fairly damning - this team gave up on each other ages ago.

Survival may well be mathematically possible still but the players know as much as we do - we're down, and at the current rate we've not got a chance of winning another game, never mind winning enough to save us once again.

Just scoring a goal would be nice. It's been seven matches since our last one.


I can't wait to see the back of Sunderland's shower

I think that I've torn strips off David Moyes enough times recently - we all know that he's inept, pathetic and a massive problem - so today I'd like to reserve some special criticism for our sackless, gutless players.

Bar Jordan Pickford, Lee Cattermole and Didier Ndong I don't think that anyone really did themselves justice today. The rest... well, it was embarrassing.

Our front two, Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe, looked disinterested and unmotivated. Sebastian Larsson was, dubious red card aside, God awful - pointing, shouting at officials, chasing shadows; just the usual from the Swede. Jack Rodwell was completely anonymous and had zero impact on the game. Lamine Kone couldn't have looked less bothered if he tried. Jason Denayer and Billy Jones did alright, but they were still part of a defence that conceded three goals.

I'm just sick. I'm sick of this team. I think a summer of reform and change might actually help to reignite my passion for going to games again.

There are two really good things about this season ending. One - we'll finally be able to have a few months off from having the ineptitude a football team torment our every thoughts, and two - we'll see the back of most of our current playing squad, be it through contracts ending or other clubs being stupid enough to pay actual money for them.


Larsson's red...

Whether Sebastian Larsson's tackle on Ander Herrera warranted a red card is anybody's guess, but if I'm being honest I feel like Craig Pawson might have done us a favour. Providing it doesn't get turned over, like.

I love the way that the commentator just assumes it's Cattermole that made the tackle. It's like he's never been away.


A Penny for Pickford's thoughts

I'd love to sit down with Jordan Pickford and hear his true thoughts on the day to day running of the club, his fellow team mates and the manager. I mean, he's a fan of this club just like you and I, just he gets to play where as we cannot do anything but watch.

He'll obviously know more than the average fan about the reasons why certain talented players have been isolated from the starting eleven, why certain players are seemingly undroppable, and why his team mates will not muster up the fight required to give their absolute best for the football club that both he and I share a bond over.

I bet he's fucking seething. Well, I hope he is.