Mike Dodds opens up on his Sunderland 'frustration' after Sheffield Wednesday defeat

Sunderland interim head coach Mike Dodds insisted that not giving the fans something to cheer about this year, “is something that won’t be accepted next season".

His side crashed to yet another Championship defeat yesterday at home to Sheffield Wednesday to finish a woeful 16th in the division, just six points above the relegation places and on the same points as Stoke City and QPR who have been battling the drop up until the final two weeks.

Shockingly, it was the fifth time they had failed to score at home in their last six games at the Stadium of Light as they lost 2-0 to the Owls.

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Dodds delivered what appears to be the same message after most games he has been in charge of – that they didn’t score goals and conceded poor ones.

“We created four or five really good chances and it was similar to last week in terms of not taking those chances that ultimately cost us the game,” he reflected. “I think the two goals too were really poor goals to give away.

“They are almost identical goals in terms of people letting players run off their shoulders, which you can’t legislate for as a coach. Those decision-making moments from players are really important and ultimately those two factors have cost us the game.

“In terms of chances created we haven’t finished them in front of goal and they’ve had two moments in the game in close succession and obviously they have punished us for those two moments. Apart from that they didn’t really have any opportunities.

“Again, the overriding feeling is real frustration but you can’t be poor in both boxes and expect to get a result in the game.”

This was Dodds’ last game in charge and the team have picked up just two wins in their final 15 matches which has seen them drop like a stone. Dodds oversaw 13 of those games, winning nine points from a possible 39.

He said: “From my perspective and the club’s perspective we have learned a huge amount about this group. And we have to use those reflections to make sure we have a much better season next year.

“We haven’t given the fans a huge amount to cheer about this season, we know that. That’s something we won’t accept for next season. So we have got to take a lot of learning from this season and make sure next season is significantly better.”

Liam Palmer opened the scoring for Wednesday with a low-driven effort before Josh Windass’ strike on 38 minutes sealed three points for the visitors at the Stadium of Light.

Dodds named two changes to his side with Nathan Bishop replacing keeper Anthony Patterson for his first league start of the campaign. Patrick Roberts returned to the XI.

After the Black Cats trailed, Jack Clarke, in what is expected to be his last game in a Sunderland shirt, was denied his 16th goal of the season and the equaliser when a curling effort struck the woodwork before bouncing out to be cleared.

A double change at the break saw Callum Styles and Patrick Roberts replaced by Corry Evans and Chris Rigg. But it made little difference and despite the late pressure from Dodds’ side, the Owls were able to hold on for a final-day victory to make sure they stayed in the division.