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Fan Letters: Roker Report readers react after Sunderland suffer a hammer blow to promotion hopes

Sunderland lost last night aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand everyone is fuming, understandably. Question is... will we react positively to this latest setback? Email us: rokerreport@yahoo.co.uk!

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Dear Roker Report,

I wonder if any player that came off the pitch at Wigan can truly say “have I gave my best tonight?”. Do these players say to themselves during the game “oh its alright so and so can get that stray ball... maybe next time I can pass the ball to my own player”.

The truth of the matter is, and it’s sad to say, we are just not good enough.

Anthony Lynn

Ed’s Note [Gav]: They were absolutely terrible in that second half - first half I thought we were the better team, but it was a huge blow to us to concede a really crap goal just before half time. I know players are allowed to have the odd off day but collectively, in the last two games we have not been anywhere near good enough.

On the whole, however, I do believe we are good enough. It’s taken immense effort even to be in the position we are in currently, but that will count for nothing if we just piss the rest of the season away. Johnson’s challenge to the players now has to be to win every game and be ready to pounce if and when the two sides above us slip.

Frustrating, but that’s where we’re at.

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Dear Roker Report,

I’m frustrated and gutted - play-offs here we come.

In three words: not good enough.

A team in the bottom half of table has taken six points off us - why? Because they played with heart and desire. Johnson has to rip into these under-performing, gutless wonders because again they have let the fans down.

You would think with that many players nearly out of contract that they would be busting a gut to impress to earn new deals, but they could not give a shit.

In the players ratings you mentioned nervous players - what a load of bollocks, there are no fans there. The last three seasons we are sick and tired of hearing we have the best squad on paper - that’s the problem, football’s played on grass.

Of course we will back them in the play-offs all the way, but it’s about time these players showed what it means to play for this great club.

Show some balls and get the club out of this league.

The fans deserve better - we now have a good owner, so it’s up to the players now.

Come on, give us something to shout about, because failure is not a option.

Mark Wild

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Don’t agree with all of that but I share your frustration around the performance. This is now completely on the players and the manager to react and win every single game between now and the end of the season.

The only way we can feel hard done to is if after that last game we’re sat talking about how we really couldn’t have given it any more. It was clear last night and clear on Saturday that there were players who weren’t as motivated as some of their teammates, and that can spread very quickly around the group.

Our leaders now need to stand up and be counted.

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Dear Roker Report,

I’m sorry - those players will never win us promotion.

We are back to the way we were under Parkinson. How many times have we seen it? These players don’t know how to kill a game. Can’t score a second goal.

Look how Peterborough win games - they’re very direct and have runners in the box. They never win 1-0. Like Hull as well, they score a goal and go for it.

How many points have we lost after we have taken the lead?

By now we could have been well clear at the top.

We are not good enough. There’s no chance we’ll go up through the play offs because Charlton will do us again. I’m sorry that I sound grumpy and miserable but that’s how I’m feeling tonight. I mean... Wigan did the double on us. No disrespect to Wigan, but that will tell us something.

I have renewed my 21/22 season card and I always will because it’s in my blood.

Do players really know how us fans feel?

By the way where is Chris? Is it another McGeady’s situation?

Come Saturday morning I’ll be full of hope again, and by 3pm I’ll be flat as a pancake.

Anthony DeGiovanni

Ed’s Note [Gav]: It’s worth noting that Posh and Hull have both lost games recently, so they’re not exactly world-beaters... ultimately we can only really focus on our own results and performances. We’ve been great for months, but the blip has came at the wrong time.

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Dear Roker Report,

What more can you say?

We will be lucky to make the play offs!

Sad but true.

Peter Tomlinson

Ed’s Note [Gav]: It would take some unbelievable capitulation for us to not make the play offs. We at least have that peace of mind, but we cannot give up on that top two.

Win every game and we have a chance.

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