Chris Coleman believes his Sunderland side were unfortunate to suffer a 3-1 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Monday as he felt they did enough to win the game.
The Black Cats came into the match full of confidence following their 4-1 hammering of Derby on Friday night, but despite George Honeyman cancelling out Lucas Joao’s opener, it was the visitors that ultimately prevailed thanks to strikes from Tom Lees and Atdhe Nuhiu.
The result leaves Sunderland second-bottom of the Championship standings and five points adrift of safety with just six games remaining in their campaign.
Relegation to the third tier of English football for the first time since 1988 is now looking a distinct possibility, although Coleman could not fault his side’s latest performance, as he felt they did more than enough to win the game.
“We are incredibly disappointed,” Coleman told the club website.
“Not with the team because I think they did everything to try and win the game. They did everything in the right manner, but we are just disappointed that we never won the game.
“All of the lads gave it their all and we are very disappointed to not even get something out of the game. We did enough to win the game today.”
Sunderland are next in action when they travel to take on Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday in what is fast turning into a must-win game.
The Wearsiders are priced at 4.00 to emerge from that contest with all three points, while Leeds are available at 1.95 and the draw is on offer at 3.40.