Sunderland manager Jack Ross has sent a message to his squad ahead of his sides imminent play-off campaign as they look to head straight back to the Championship.
The Black Cats boss has called on his players to be more ruthless in attack and to shore things up at the back amid a poor run of form that has cost them the chance of automatic promotion.
“We need to be more ruthless at either end,” Ross told his pre-match press conference, according to the club’s official Twitter account.
“We need to take our chances when they come along, and we need to keep clean sheets.
“It sounds very simplistic but that’s how it is.”
Sunderland’s chances of winning automatic promotion were extinguished in midweek when a late Ashley Eastham goal handed Fleetwood Town a 2-1 win.
Barnsley and Luton Town’s promotions were confirmed as a result with the North East side now having to battle it out with Portsmouth, Charlton Athletic and one of either Doncaster Rovers or Peterborough United for a spot in the second-tier.
Ross is not wrong in what he says but the fans need to see action on the pitch.
There is no way that he should be sacked, regardless of what happens this season, but they need to start putting in some much more convincing performances.
A convincing win away to Southend United on Saturday would be a good place to start.