Among the head-shaking Sunderland supporters trudging disconsolately from St Mary' stadium, there were those old enough to remember 8-0 maulings at West Ham (1968) or Watford (1982), or both. And there were the luckier ones.
It was not the occasion to remind any of them that until the 19th minute, when Southampton scored the second of their eight goals, Sunderland were arguably the better side, cruelly behind.
Thereafter such a quarrel ceased to have meaning.
An utterly wretched display by Gus Poyet's...