February 24, 2024

After losing three straight games, Sunderland has been struggling recently in the Championship. Tony Mowbray’s team will take on Norwich City at home.

Whilst a 4-0 defeat in the North East Derby against Middlesbrough prior to the October international break followed by a 2-1 loss away to Stoke showed signs of concern, the Black Cats’ latest defeat showed a number of positives as they were narrowly beaten by a Leicester City side who recorded their eighth straight victory on Tuesday night.

The likes of Jack Clarke and Jobe Bellingham were yet again at the forefront of Sunderland’s play at the King Power Stadium, with the latter coming closest to cancelling out James Justin’s 12th-minute header, and the visitors also saw a penalty shout waved away when Dan Neil was brought down by Wout Faes just before half-time.

Mowbray wasn’t afraid to admit post-match that his opposition were a “Premier League team”.

I’m only interested in us coming and giving a good account of ourselves and testing ourselves against a Premier League outfit, and they will be a Premier League outfit again next season.”

After the game, Mowbray didn’t hesitate to acknowledge that his opponent was a “Premier League team”.

“I’m only interested in us coming and giving a good account of ourselves and testing ourselves against a Premier League outfit, and they will be a Premier League outfit again next season.”

In the space of a week, Sunderland has dropped from fourth to tenth place following the three losses, but there is currently no real reason for alarm as Leeds United, in third place, is only nine points ahead of Huddersfield Town, who hold the final position above the relegation zone.

Championship Table (As it stands October 26th)
Team P GD Pts
9 Middlesbrough 13 1 20
10 Sunderland 13 6 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 -2 19
12 Birmingham City 13 1 18
13 Bristol City 13 1 18
14 Norwich City 13 0 17
15 Watford 13 0 16
16 Millwall 13 -3 16

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