Quinn seeks answers after slump

The Black Cats went into Saturday afternoon’s clash with Wigan

having taken just one point from their last nine games, a run which

has seen them slip to the fringes of the battle for survival.

Manager Steve Bruce has cited a lengthy injury list as the root

cause of his side’s slump, and the club is currently analysing

possible reasons for that, while disgruntled fans have pointed to

the controversial decision to allow striker Darren Bent to leave

for Aston Villa in January. Writing in his programme notes ahead of

Saturday’s game, Quinn said: “Part of the bigger picture is that we

need to address why we have so many injuries compared to other

clubs. “We all know that injuries are part of football and that any

player can get injured at any time. “But we have to examine whether

the number of injuries that have hampered us are down to sheer

misfortune or is there something we can do to reduce the number of

injuries that beset us? “We also take responsibility for the

departure of Darren Bent and how we thought that would affect the

team. “Just five days after his transfer, we learned that we would

be without Danny Welbeck for eight weeks and learning from that, we

have to look at giving the manager every chance of improving us and

taking us further by giving him a stronger hand. “In congratulating

Stoke City on reaching the cup final, we observe that while they

are close to us in the Premier League, they have six forwards

available. “We will consider whether that is the way to go for us

rather, than risk being threadbare in the striking – or any other –

department if a series of injuries to players in that position

occurs.”