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Chris Coleman apologises to Sunderland fans for 'brutal relegation experience'

Coleman: 'Relegation a brutal experience'
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Sunderland boss Chris Coleman apologises to the club's fanbase after being relegated into League One courtesy of a late 2-1 defeat at home to Burton Albion.

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman has moved to apologise to fans after the Black Cats' 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion condemned the club to relegation from the Championship.

Coleman's charges had led at home to Burton with five minutes remaining, but late goals from Darren Bent and Liam Boyce saw Sunderland relegated for a second season in a row.

"Firstly, I'd like to apologise to everybody, the supporters, for coming up short and ultimately not having what was needed," said Coleman, according to Chronicle Live.

"It was a brutal experience, the disappointment is huge. Maybe it was blind optimism with three games to go, but even with five minutes to go [today] we were in the driving seat, we were winning.

"We didn't play very well today. The five games previously, we were very, very good, but today you could see both teams were nervous and edgy.

"We were in the lead, the atmosphere in the ground was great, everyone was singing because it looked OK, and then it all changed. We are 44 games into the season and we haven't been good enough.

"Sorry to the supporters who have stuck with us and come here every week and followed us away from home, we haven't been good enough – we've fallen short, and I apologise to them."

Sunderland's relegation will now see them participating in the third tier of English football for only the second time in the Black Cats' history.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Portsmouth1393123111230
2Peterborough UnitedPeterborough1383230191127
3Sunderland1366124131124
4Doncaster RoversDoncaster137332116524
5Barnsley126512371623
6Accrington StanleyAccrington136521713423
7Walsall126421512322
8Fleetwood Town135532112920
9Luton TownLuton135531715220
10Southend UnitedSouthend136251716120
11Charlton AthleticCharlton125341918118
12Coventry CityCoventry135351113-218
13Blackpool12381129317
14Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe134542026-617
15Burton Albion124261315-214
16Rochdale133461928-913
17Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury132651113-212
18Wycombe WanderersWycombe132651419-512
19Gillingham123271522-711
20AFC Wimbledon133281018-811
21Bristol Rovers13247913-410
22Bradford CityBradford133191020-1010
23Oxford UnitedOxford Utd132381323-109
24Plymouth ArgylePlymouth13148922-137

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