By Emma Sanders

Former Everton boss David Moyes has received unfair criticism despite Sunderland suffering defeat against West Ham, according to a leading journalist.

Moyes’ side were on the end of yet another disappointing loss when Winston Reid’s goal secured a 94th minute winner for West Ham on Saturday.

The Black Cats have not won in their last nine Premier League games or kept a clean sheet and are currently bottom of the table.

Sunderland have recorded just two points in the 2016-17 season and are five points away from safety, which given their results in the last nine games, is a demanding gap.

However leading journalist, Steve Brown says fans should not be so quick to call for his sacking and the alternatives to Moyes are not favourable.

“Given the circumstances, and let’s not cut-and-paste in the recent history again, calls for Moyes’ head feel cruelly premature to this observer,” Brown wrote in the Chronicle.

“Should the Scot be handed his P45 when his players down tools at a short corner?

“When at Manchester City, they hold out until an 87th-minute own goal, when at Southampton his side is undone by individual error with five to go and when in the 93rd minute against Crystal Palace, darling of the fans Jan Kirchhoff abandons the basics of man-marking?

“That’s six points dropped, by the way. That’s 17th. Enough. Tell me who else might fare better?” he added.

Since Moyes left Everton in 2013, the Scot has struggled to get a stronghold on his managerial career and was sacked just ten months after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

The epic fall at Old Trafford was bound to damage Moyes’ confidence and it seems it did as he then suffered another disappointing spell in charge of Real Sociedad.

Sunderland came calling in July when Sam Allardyce was appointed England manager but he inherited a squad barely worthy of Premier League status and has faced an uphill battle ever since.

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