Q: What are your thoughts on Sunderland’s performance from Tuesday night v Rotherham?
Craig Davies says...
Rotherham are League One mediocrity at best and barely adequate at worst.
A likely bottom of the table team come the end of the season, and although in theory, a 1-1 draw isn’t a cataclysmic catastrophe, we should have put them to the sword with more swagger and courage at home.
In the first half an hour we looked sharp and confident. Perhaps we should have blasted them out of sight, but failure to do so led to an alarming melt down that was synonymous with our turgid, weak and idealess marathon of draws last season.
I was excited to see Luke O’Nien further up the field and he has potential there, although he didn’t quite fulfill it last night. I wouldn’t drop that possibility just from this game alone. He’ll need run up there to find his feet, but it didn’t quite come off for him.
I know Dylan McGeouch is a favourite of many, because he can often perform this feat of magic called passing the ball ten yards to another red and white shirt, but I’ve always found him tidy, yet dull; adequate but uninspiring. It didn’t work for him last night and he perhaps showed why he’s not always trusted with a place in he team.
Connor McLaughlin is continuing his struggle for any kind of form, but Jack Ross himself isn’t quite performing beyond the spectrum of League One humdrum and I’m sure he’ll want to forget this result and move one to better things.
Last night wasn’t a disaster in the long term - it was just excruciating in the short term.
This is League One not the Champions League, and as frustrating as it is, the occasional inconsistent and exasperating snore-fest is inevitable.
Hopefully it will be our last ‘watching paint dry’ effort for quite a few games.
Tom Albrighton says...
A performance befitting of last season’s frailties - the same issues manifested themselves again. A dominant thirty minutes where the ball was moved and recycled through the middle, where Rotherham’s lack of mobility was highlighted, saw us looking strong.
The Aiden McGeady penalty miss was as bad a penalty I’ve seen.
After that the mental weakness manifested itself at a rate of knots. The ball found itself being pounded over the heads of our midfield, totally negating their ability. Luke O’Nien - who was superb behind Marc McNulty - found himself more and more isolated as Dylan McGeouch and George Dobson sat deeper and deeper as they couldn't continue to chase shadows back and forth for the rest of the game.
The deeper they got, the more the ball went long and came back with intent. Conor McLaughlin was all at sea for most the game and seemed to read it about two seconds slower than everyone else. Our goalkeeper made a few decent saves, but his poor distribution contributed little.
Eventually we were bullied by a combination of height, long balls and persistence, and we were ground down. McNulty, O’Nien and McGeouch were decent, but the rest were alarmingly average,
Worryingly, our side looked mentally weak.
David Holloway says...
Tuesday night was a series of disappointments in terms of individual performances and in the collective. I was looking forward to a midfield of Luke O’Nien, George Dobson and Dylan McGeouch - in theory this would give us more energy and running power. There was no sign of that as we couldn't keep up with Rotherham. O’Nien, despite his effort, confirmed my fear that his ability is not sufficient to play high up the pitch.
Then we get onto Aiden McGeady. Disregarding the penalty - that can happen - but his overall performance and demeanour was worrying. The collective, the plan and the balance. It was all missing, all inadequate. We don’t yet appear to have a plan. What are we? I don’t know, but I didn't see a promotion winning team last night.