Vaughan: Players are to blame

Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan admits the team are to blame for their recent run of poor form.

Last Updated: 19/03/13 at 08:57 Post Comment

David Vaughan: Hopeful Sunderland can pick up points soon

David Vaughan: Hopeful Sunderland can pick up points soon

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Black Cats have gone seven games without a win and are now just four points above 18th-place Wigan with the Latics boasting a game in hand.

The alarming sequence culminated in a disappointing draw with 10-man Norwich at the weekend and Vaughan acknowledges the players only have themselves to blame.

"It is our fault we're down there, nobody else's, and it's up to us to get ourselves out of it," said Vaughan.

"When we got in at half-time on Sunday, we all thought we'd go on and get three points but it wasn't to be.

"We put in a massive effort but ran out of ideas by the end. We needed more imagination, something we've been missing.

"We badly let ourselves down with our passing. We rushed it and the quality just wasn't there.

"That is our own fault and something we need to work on. We're on a bad run. It's difficult to keep confidence high."

Sunderland were expected to be in the top half of the table when they swooped for the likes of Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson in the summer but a relegation battle now looks likely.

The Wales international added: "It's hard to accept. When you look at the squad, we should not be in this position.

"We really need the points and have some tough fixtures but we've actually done better against the top teams, so I'm still hopeful we'll get them."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's why Mourinho is so successful. He gives players a specific, limited set of functions to perform. They are but a cog in a machine. Do no more, do no less. I assume he learnt it from LvG :)

red_devil83
Fellaini Has Politely Become Undroppable

I

really hope that someone in the mainstream media spots that the Bayern manager played for and managed Barcelona quite well, and thinks to mention it in the build up. That would be really interesting.

megabrow (cufc)
Barcelona to face Bayern

Y

our gob says one thing, Brendan, the results say something else.

balls-to-monty
Rodgers bullish over Anfield future

Footer 365

League Two round-up: Tranmere and Cheltenham relegated to Conference

Shrewsbury secured promotion to League One by beating Cheltenham, whose relegation fate was sealed along with Tranmere.

Man City 3-2 Aston Villa: Brad Guzan drops howler before Fernandinho strikes late as City go second

Fernandinho struck in the 89th minute to hand Manchester City a dramatic 3-2 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

League One round-up: Preston forced to wait for promotion party

Preston took a huge step towards promotion with a 3-0 win over Swindon, but MK Dons kept up the pressure with a victory.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company