Sunderland boss David Moyes has told the players they must accept responsibility for what happens on the pitch after another defeat.
The defending against Crystal Palace on Saturday left a lot to be desired after the Wearsiders threw away a 2-0 lead against Alan Pardew’s men to slump to a 3-2 defeat deep into injury time.
The players may well be feeling sorry for themselves but they are unlikely to get much sympathy from Moyes.
“I don’t know that I’m necessarily an arm-around-the-shoulder man,” the manager told reporters. “I want to see men stand up and take responsibility, be tough and take the challenge on. At the moment we’re not doing the basics well enough; not heading it and kicking it when we get the chance or doing the picking up and marking we need to do.
“The players need to take responsibility. It can’t always be me leading them by the hand and showing them where they should be and what they should do.”