THERE was no hiding place for Sunderland after their pitiful performance at Lincoln City, one that manager Jack Ross admitted was not good enough and described as being as “disappointing as I’ve seen us”.

It was only the tenth defeat he has suffered in 75 matches in charge at Sunderland, but the manner of the 2-0 loss was worrying, one that defender Joel Lynch admitted he was embarrassed by.

It came just a fortnight after a similarly poor showing in a 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers.

Lynch summed up his feelings, saying: “Disappointed and embarrassed as well. There are no words for it really.

“We have to move on from it as quick as we can. That's all we can do. It just wasn't good enough, the players out on the pitch know that, it just wasn't good enough.”

After the Bolton draw Sunderland had got back on track by beating Sheffield United and MK Dons, and Lynch added: “Coming of the last two games it's been positive, the feeling around the place is a lot better. To come here and do that is not acceptable.

The players in the dressing room know it. It's nobody else’s fault.

“You have to take it as a blip, I know I'll get a lot of stick for saying that and everyone is upset.

“But you have to move on from it and we just can't let it happen again.”

Sunderland do not have a league match until they visit Wycombe Wanderers on October 19, international call-ups having led this weekend’s home fixture with Fleetwood Town being postponed.

There is, however, an EFL Trophy game with Grimsby Town.

“We've got to put it right,” added Lynch.

“We've go to do the basics right.

“There's pressure on us to win games but we've got good enough players to do it. It's got to be a one off.

“We've got to look back at in five or six games time, we've got to be back winning and brush it under the table.”