Sunderland were held at Glanford Park this afternoon against a tough and resolute Scunthorpe side.
Josh Maja gave them the lead in the second half and it seemed as though they were on track for all three points until Adam Hammill struck for the home side.
Hammill has only just joined the Iron from St Mirren, but his goal ensured Jack Ross’ side were held to their third consecutive League One draw. Even more frustrating for the Black Cats was leaders Portsmouth losing at Oxford.
They missed a chance to stay in touch with Luton Town, who registered a fine 3-0 win against Peterborough. That leaves them three points behind the Hatters with a game in hand, but a far worse goal difference.
Having looked so assured through the autumn months, the recent form shown by Ross’ side is concerning some fans. They’ve been on Twitter, some lamenting their failure to win games, whilst others are urging calm.
They haven’t lost a league game since before Christmas, but there’s still a sense that they’re not hitting the heights they might be expecting to this season.
Here’s both sides of the debate from fans on Wearside this evening.
Aye we’ve drawn more games than we’d have liked. Nowt we can do but move on and look forward and continue supporting the lads. Promotion awaits as long as we’re behind them, it’s not impossible, we can still do it as long as we believe. #safc
— Becca Gibson (@Beccagib09) January 19, 2019
Our only other appearance in effectively what is the 3rd division was far more convincing than this campaign. I hope this season ends the way we all want but frankly we won't finish top 2 at this rate , midfield is woeful. #safc
— John Meikle (@guitarsmiler) January 19, 2019
We still have to remember that we are a new league 1 side. New manager. New squad And we’re 3rd. Too many times in the past we begged for a quick fix. We do need to get back to the championship ASAP. So let’s trust the management and @stewartdonald3! #safc
— Andy Davidson (@AndyDavidson_) January 19, 2019
Look we’ve hit a bad run of form and it’s as if it’s the end off the world every team in the promotion race is going to have a poor run off form. Look at Pompey people saying we ain’t even going to make playoffs Pompey form as been as bleak as us and we have games in hand #safc
— Aidan Mcdaid (@AidanMcdaid2) January 19, 2019
Some VERY fickle people on here. Also one of the #SAFC social juggernauts.Talked about promotion being sewn up three months ago & now finally realistic that promotion is becoming a more difficult task. I’m not bedwetting but we MUST improve and fast. Dropped way too many points.
— Oh Danny Boy (@OhDannyBoySAFC) January 19, 2019
Dropping to many points when the Portsmouth are dropping points need to sort this out most of these games this season I ain't been convinced #SAFC
— SafcScottishSupporters (@ScottishSafc) January 19, 2019
Far too many fans panicking and starting to doubt the team and Jack Ross. We are still keeping pace and still have a game in hand. In addition we still have time to bring 1/2 reinforcements in, think a lot of you have forgotten where we were 12 months ago. #safc #HawayTheLads
— Alan Smith (@al_smith11) January 19, 2019