Sunderland Ripped Apart as 'Gutless' in Unusually Blunt Newspaper Player Ratings

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterOctober 21, 2013

SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 19: Manager of Sunderland Gus Poyet looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Sunderland at Liberty Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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Sunderland have been struggling all season long.

They have already sacked one manager in the form of Paolo di Canio, and under new boss Gus Poyet were on the end of a 4-0 drubbing away at Swansea this weekend.

The Black Cats received the full wrath of Daily Mirror columnist Neil McLeman as he broke down the player ratings from the flop at the Liberty Stadium.

It all starts so promisingly, with goalkeeper Keiren Westwood exonerated of any fault.

"Brilliant saves from De Guzman & Michu," McLeman wrote, "Powerless to stop goals."

A host of players are thereafter savaged as "gutless", with the only praise being that, relatively speaking, John O'Shea and Steven Fletcher were "less gutless" than their teammates.

You can take a look at the full player ratings above in all their glory, and ask yourself what hope there is of Sunderland turning things around this season.