Moyes is frustrated as NI duo dazzle
West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Sunderland
David Moyes sympathised with Sunderland supporters after the club's struggles continued with another defeat against West Brom.
Saturday's 2-0 loss at The Hawthorns - with Northern Ireland ace Gareth McAuley setting up Darren Fletcher for the first and compatriot Chris Brunt adding a superb second - saw Sunderland slump back to the bottom of the Premier League table and the players were booed off.
The Black Cats have now lost nine of their 11 away matches in the league, scoring just six goals, and are three points adrift of safety.
Moyes said: "I totally understand them. I'm a supporter myself, maybe if we had three points more we might be where people would expect us to be. But we are not that far away.
"The performances recently have not been how we would have liked but there are mitigating circumstances for that.
"Sunderland fans have been in this position before - they have seen the team further away (from safety) before. If any fans know about this situation it is our supporters in recent years."
Fletcher's performance drew praise from Baggies manager Tony Pulis, who said: "Fletcher is fantastic. He's been wonderful in the dressing room, on and off the pitch, he's got great respect in there and everybody's pleased.
"He's one of those players. Every time he does something well, you're just so pleased for him."