SEETHING Simon Grayson ripped into his Sunderland players after the 2-1 flop against Bristol City.
Aiden McGeady and his team-mates are without a victory since August and the Wearsiders have not won at home since December last year.
Grayson, who took over from Davie Moyes in the summer after the team’s relegation from the Premier League, fumed: “I am disappointed with the players and what they have done today.
“Yesterday we had a team meeting, designed to give players jobs and responsibilities.
“We repeated it again at lunchtime and we have not been able to stop a player at 5ft 7ins getting a free header. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot.
“We did get a break and a real boost with the goal and I said at half-time we wanted to go on and impose ourselves, but we kept on making really bad decisions.
“Even in the last 15 minutes, we huffed and puffed without being effective and lost our shape. We have to carry out our game plan.”
City chief Lee Johnson admitted: “Sunderland were the better team in the first-half. Their goal was a good wake-up call.
“It was probably one of the most aggressive half-time talks I have had to give.
“We had to rile them up and go old school. Two or three needed to be more aggressive in their play. We had been too soft.
“The conditions were so blustery it was not about football, it was grit and determination and winning the inches. We made positive tactical changes and it paid off.”
Bobby Reid gave the visitors the lead, but Lewis Grabban levelled in first-half stoppage time.
Milan Djuric’s 73rd-minute header header won it to leave Grayson’s strugglers second bottom. two points above Bolton.