In his post-match interview after the Hull City game, Michael Beale spoke of the need for his Sunderland side to find some consistency, in terms of results if not performance.
Following the game against Rotherham three days later, he may have come to the conclusion that this group of players is consistently inconsistent.
Whatever you think of Beale, this problem predates his arrival as manager.
However, I am reluctant to blame a crop of largely young players for being inconsistent, as the majority of them are doing what we all want from our players as Sunderland fans in that they are giving maximum effort.
Inconsistency in performance is undoubtedly a consequence of a lack of matchday experience.
Imagine how phenomenal every game Jobe will be once he has played over a 100 games!
However, if there is any slight frustration, it is that with a couple of senior and experienced additions, we could easily have been pushing Ipswich for second place in the league.
I am more than happy to be where we are trying to get into the playoffs if that is where we are as a squad.
I just can’t shake the feeling that with a confident striker and slightly more experience, we would be pushing Leicester, let alone Ipswich, at the very top of the table.
The value of just a little extra experience was exemplified further in the game at home to Preston on New Year’s Day.
Alex Pritchard produced an imperious and cultured display, something he does consistently when in from the start.
Adding an experienced striker that is ready to go into that mix and the balance in the squad between talented young players and experienced, quality senior pros could see the Lads go from consistently inconsistent, to a formidable outfit capable of achieving anything they want.
Keep The Faith.