Sunderland’s recent resurgence came to a shuddering halt on Saturday afternoon, as they were beaten 2-0 by Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
It was the hosts who were on top for much of the game, and they would take the lead 25 minutes in when Christian Burgess – on his 200th appearance for the club – headed in from Ronan Curtis’ corner.
Kenny Jackett’s side would then double their lead shortly after the break, with Curtis again the provider, as James Bolton turned in his cross from close range.
That was enough to secure all three points for Portsmouth, and bring an end to Sunderland’s nine-game unbeaten run, leaving the Black Cats seventh in the League One table, two points behind Pompey in the final play-off place.
Taking to Twitter after the game, plenty of Sunderland fans were keen to give their thoughts on the defeat to their promotion rivals.
Here, we take a look at what some of them had to say.
Not great at all. Second best. Dobson shouldn’t play again. Hume I’ll give benefit of the doubt. This happens it’s how we respond. KTF HWTL.
— Tom (@Leech27Tom) February 1, 2020
It just wasn't our day.
Don't let it bring you down.
Learn from it, we've got to work really hard now and keep pushing forward 👍
Safe journey home all.
— George the 3rd (@Georgesparents) February 1, 2020
Up and over against a team with height??? Never put Watmore in a Sunderland shirt again.
— Alex Mills (@AlexJaMills) February 1, 2020
What do Dobson or power actually offer us? At least one of them need to be dropped preferably dobson
— Stephen Stubbs (@StephenStubbs5) February 1, 2020
— Matty Oliver (@Matty_Oliver13) February 1, 2020
— Caleb Adams (@Adamsy1980) February 1, 2020
Unlucky lads, put it right next week 🔴⚪️
— jaxonridley9 (@jaxonridley9) February 1, 2020
Best team won, we were very poor.
— Nick Pearson (@SAFCDAFT) February 1, 2020
how dobson stayed on is beyond me
— Keaton (@safckeaton) February 1, 2020
— Robert (@Safcuniverse) February 1, 2020