Ji scored that marvelous winner against Man City, but overall didn't look ready. Graham had done very little at Swansea the first half of 2012-13, and continued that form at Sunderland. Wickham was really young. Looked pretty good when he finally got opportunities last year, but O'Neill is rarely one to play the kids. Adam Johnson had fallen completely off the boil at Man City already. Campbell was hurt constantly. Are you going to be selective and overlook how Danny Rose blossomed in his loan spell last year? Bent didn't fall off when he was here, either. Just to deal with another line you've been throwing around ... there usually are one or two matches besides Newcastle that are near sellouts. And really, to average 40,000 consistently without massive success and a relatively small, impoverished catchment area is a great accomplishment that speaks to the passion of the support at Sunderland.