Paolo Di Canio tucked his hands deep in his pockets, slumped his shoulders and slowly headed down the tunnel. The furrowed brow he wore will last for at least another two days. There is much to ponder.
Sunderland's supporters deserve better. Their relegation fears could be resolved tomorrow night when Wigan face Arsenal at the Emirates.
If Wigan do not win, it would be almost inconceivable for them to survive. As the FA Cup final proved, however, Wigan cannot be written off. Thus Sunderland have another day of misery and then, if Wigan win, they will travel to Tottenham with shredded nerves.
Sunderland were winning yesterday, through a deflected Phil Bardsley strike that ricocheted off Jos Hooiveld in the 68th minute, but it only lasted eight minutes until Jason Puncheon's deserved equaliser.
"The environment was dead," Di Canio said of the club when he arrived at the start of last month. "So they have already done an incredible job. When we stay up – and we will stay up – we will have done an incredible job. We have restored their way to believe." (© Independent News Service)