A 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa on Might 3, 2003 made it a record-extending 14 Premier League losses in a row for Sunderland.
The Black Cats had already turned their ideas to second tier soccer and the loss, which preserved Villa’s top-flight standing, ensured they might end with what was then the bottom factors whole in Premier League historical past.
Sunderland’s shedding run started on January 18 with a 2-1 defeat by Everton, and so they managed simply six targets in these 14 matches.
Regardless of the end result, the efficiency at Villa Park was certainly one of Sunderland’s greatest following Mick McCarthy’s appointment as supervisor, with Marcus Allback’s late winner harsh on the North-East aspect.
Talking after the match, McCarthy stated: “I’m excited by subsequent season. Whoever comes and whoever finally ends up staying, I count on them again in Sunderland on July 2 raring to go and with the goal of profitable the Championship.
“We now have to set out with that concentrate on. I’m not saying we’re going to win it, however that needs to be our objective. Past that, the second promotion place.
“The membership must be within the Premier League, but it surely doesn’t at all times work like that. It’s the staff that will get there and stays there.”
Sunderland completed their season with a 4-0 defeat by Arsenal, leaving them with 19 factors, and the following time period additionally started with losses to Nottingham Forest and Millwall to make it 17 in a row.
They lastly stopped the rot by beating Preston however might solely end third within the desk earlier than shedding within the play-off semi-finals.
The membership caught with McCarthy, although, and he guided Sunderland to the Championship title the next season just for one other relegation to comply with within the 2005-06 marketing campaign and an excellent decrease factors tally.