Relegation-threatened Sunderland failed to build on their victory over Crystal Palace last weekend after they were completely outclassed by Southampton at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
After a promising opening fifteen minutes for the hosts, Southampton’s January signing Manolo Gabbiadini took centre-stage, scoring twice before half-time to give the visitors a commanding lead.
A late own goal from Jason Denayor was followed by an injury-time strike for Shane Long as the Saints rubbed salt into Sunderland’s wounds.
David Moyes’ side remain rock-bottom of the Premier League after failing to take advantage of losses for rivals Hull and Crystal Palace.
The Boot Room explores three things that we learnt from a tough afternoon for the hosts.
Sunderland get a taste of their own medicine
After dishing out their own 4-0 humiliation to relegation rivals Crystal Palace last week, Sunderland were on the other end of it after a dismal afternoon in the North-East.
The Black Cats went into Saturday’s clash full of confidence with draws against Liverpool and Tottenham already under their belt this calendar year, but morale quickly turned south.
The visitors completely dominated proceedings from the 20th minute onwards, finishing the match with 16 shots on goal and 14 chances created – compared to two for Sunderland.
The match was summed up by the fact that Jermain Defoe, Sunderland’s two-goal hero just the weekend before, only managed a single first-half touch inside the opposition area.
The hosts will feel disappointed about the result, but it’s how they react that will show the temperament of Moyes’ side – neither of their rivals gained points, so it’s a case of going again next time out against Everton.