It was a disastrous start: a 4-0 loss to Swansea. Sunderland were bottom: 8 games played, -15 goal difference, 1 point, 6 points from safety, no wins. New manager Gus Poyet had inherited a side who, at best, were bereft of confidence, at worst, simply not good enough for this league; a series of overpaid, gutless drunkards. In his first game, things got even worse; out from the cold came Sunderland fans' enemy number one, Phil Bardsley. After being dropped from the team under Paolo Di Canio, he spent the first game of the season (a defeat to Fulham) laughing at Sunderland on Instagram, but here he was lining up against Swansea.