I was close to tears leaving Loftus Road. Seeing at first hand how low our club has stooped was hard to take. Yes we lost after going down to ten men; yes there are nine games left. But make no mistake, we are down.
First things first - QPR were rubbish. I’d be embarrassed to be a QPR fan and watch that as a home performance. Yet still we lost. It’s easy to blame Steele, whose misjudgment caused him to be sent off, or to blame Coleman for taking off Asoro (easily the best player on the pitch) instead of Fletcher, who was a liability throughout.
But that would only serve to distract attention from the club’s fundamental problems which are surely too great for any manager to overcome. Why criticise Coleman when shuffling the pack means replacing a two of diamonds with a two of clubs?
Lots of things have upset me this week. Closing the Premier Concourse next season is another signal of our lack of ambition and descent to third rate status.
Also, there were some incredibly annoying comments on social media from London-based ‘fans’ unwilling to go to QPR to support the Lads at the weekend.
Supporting Sunderland runs deeper than wanting to see the present set of players in action, it’s a statement of support for an institution which is a fundamental part of our history and our lifeblood.
If you drop out, don’t bother coming back when the good times roll again.