February 26, 2024

Sunderland were beaten by Hull City in the Championship on Friday evening.

Former Sunderland players Stephen Elliott and Micky Gray have criticized the team’s performance in the Championship match on Friday night against Hull City.

Following a scoreless first half, Liverpool loanee Fabio Carvalho gave the visitors the lead in the 71st minute, sending Michael Beale’s team down a goal. Due to the outcome, Sunderland now sits seventh in the Championship standings.

Sunderland boss issues verdict on Hull City defeat and explains what went  wrong

A portion of the crowd at the Stadium of Light screamed for Beale to be fired as Gray, who rose through Sunderland’s junior system to earn 410 appearances in all competitions for his boyhood club, was recently inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

The 49-year-old won two promotions with Sunderland as a first-team player between 1992 and 2004 before enjoying stints with Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Celtic but was shocked by the Black Cats’ performance against Hull City and hinted towards blame at Beale.

On Twitter, Gray said: “What have I just witnessed??? Absolutely shocking performance. 2 wins from 7. A free-flowing side 2 months ago to this. Build up play too slow. Confidence shattered. Fans booing and rightly so. I know who I’m pointing my fingers at and it’s not the players.”

In addition to criticizing his previous team against The Tigers, former Sunderland striker Stephen Elliott once emphasized a crucial transfer goal for Beale’s team during the window.

He posted on social media, saying: “#SAFC tonight has zero goal danger. Clarke gives brief looks here and there, but nothing that would indicate things will soon alter on that watch. The atmosphere, the free-flowing football, and the 3-0 away victory against Preston from last season seem a million miles away right now. A seasoned forward is essential.”

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