The main reason for the poor form of Sunderland has to be their “mental” block.

Keeper Simon Mignolet has revealed the winless run and tumble down the table has become a burden, and that the squad is “down” about the bad form. Now many Sunderland fans have even started placing free bets against the team, so they are happy either way!

The Belgian No1, a rare performer is convinced Sunderland can achieve their hopes of a top ten finish or better, but a revival must start at Birmingham this weekend.

Mignolet, who has stakes a strong claim to keep injured Craig Gordon out of the first team, admitted: “Mentally, it is not easy to cope with what’s happening.

“At the start of the season, everything was going well and everyone was happy. We were winning games and scoring goals whereas suddenly, we cant do that anymore. It’s not easy because everyone in the squad is down.