Jan 30, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​St Andrew's
Attendance: 19,601
BirminghamBirmingham City
3-1
Sunderland
Davis (28'), Boga (44'), Gallagher (54')
N'Doye (52'), Davis (59'), Grounds (87')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Oviedo (84')
Clarke-Salter (47'), Robson (58'), Honeyman (78')

Chris Coleman slams "unacceptable" defeat

Coleman slams
© SilverHub
Sunderland manager Chris Coleman criticises his side for an "unacceptable" display in their 3-1 loss to Birmingham City.

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has blasted his side for an "unacceptable" performance in their 3-1 defeat to relegation rivals Birmingham City last night.

The Midlands side entered the contest as the lowest scorers in the EFL this season, with just 16 goals to their credit, but were three to the good with less than an hour played in the six-pointer at St Andrew's.

As a result, Steve Cotterill's side were able to climb out of the Championship relegation zone while the Black Cats - suffering their 14th league defeat of the campaign - dropped back down to 23rd.

"I'm gutted. You know you will lose games occasionally but it was the manner which was surprising, given where we are and who were playing against," Coleman told the Sunderland Echo afterwards.

"The lack of intent in our play all over the pitch was a huge disappointment and very worrying. You need a bit more courage, winning those tackles, that is one side of it. The other side is the courage to take responsibility, have that bit about yourself.

"I can only say it is unacceptable. We can't even begin to accept those defensive errors. If we'd come away losing, having had a go, that's one thing, but we didn't. It is hard to understand, we're in the bottom three, against a team down there, and we go missing for an hour. I can't accept that."

Next up for Coleman's side is a home encounter with mid-table Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Share this article now:
Brum boss Steve Cotterill watches on during the Championship game between Birmingham City and Cardiff City on October 13, 2017
Read Next:
Championship roundup: Birmingham out of dropzone
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves33227459263373
2Cardiff CityCardiff33197749272264
3Aston Villa33179749301960
4Derby CountyDerby331611650282259
5Fulham331511755371856
6Bristol City33141274839954
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd32164124638852
8Middlesbrough331561243311251
9Preston North EndPreston33121564032851
10Brentford331311950401050
11Leeds UnitedLeeds33137134643346
12Norwich CityNorwich331210113437-346
13Millwall331112103935445
14Ipswich TownIpswich33136144443145
15Queens Park RangersQPR33109143646-1039
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds33813123540-537
17Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest33114183651-1537
18Reading3289153542-733
19Bolton WanderersBolton3389162951-2233
20Birmingham CityBirmingham3386192249-2730
21Hull City32611154350-729
22Burton Albion3378182659-3329
23Barnsley32610163147-1628
24Sunderland33511173458-2426
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand