Sunderland enjoyed only their second victory of the current Premier League campaign when they defeated Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage two weeks ago, ending a run of five league matches without a win, including the 2-1 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park. Martin O Neill will certainly be feeling the pressure now as his side languish down in sixteenth place, just two points above the dreaded relegation zone, and two points behind bitter rivals Newcastle United. Last night the Black Cats played out a 0-0 draw with bottom club Queens Park Rangers which would have done little to relieve the growing concerns at the club, although there will be some satisfaction in securing their fourth clean sheet of the campaign. That followed last Saturday's 4-2 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion, the first time all season that Sunderland have conceded four goals in a single match.
Martin O Neill takes his side to Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, hoping to build on their impressive away win at Fulham three weeks ago. They'll need to find their form as Norwich City have looked impressive at home this season, particularly in defeating both Manchester United and Arsenal. Sunderland then host Chelsea next Saturday afternoon, a side they have only beaten once in fourteen Premier League attempts, 3-0 at Stamford Bridge back in November 2010, before welcoming Reading three days later in a Tuesday night kick off that will be billed as a relegation six pointer. Martin O Neill will be relatively pleased with the increase in goal scoring ratio with five in their last three matches, but he will know that they will also need to build on their clean sheets if they are to edge themselves away from relegation with crucial points against Norwich City and Reading.
Salut Sunderland have reaction to the 0-0 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers which many have seen as two dropped points, there's an interesting piece on Chelsea's latest headline grabbing news, and there's reaction to the 4-2 defeat at home to high flying West Bromwich Albion.
Vital Sunderland have analysis on last night's 0-0 draw with QPR, including word from Martin O Neill who believes his side could and should have scored, and there's news on injuries to Lee Cattermole and John O'Shea.
Sunderland Mad have the full match report from the 0-0 draw with the Hoops at the Stadium of Light, there's "surprise" expressed by Martin O Neill following rumours of his impending resignation, and there are key mistakes being blamed in the 4-2 loss at home to the Baggies.
Finally a big shoutout to Roker Report who sit sixteenth in our Top Blogs Ranking this month as the best of our Sunderland Top Blogs!