Sunderland had their hearts broken and their fate sealed when a late goal from AFC Bournemouth sent the Black Cats to a 0-1 loss and to the Championship next season.
David Moyes was forced into four changes, from the side which narrowly lost out at the Riverside Stadium, for the visit of Bournemouth on Saturday.
Sitting in 20th place, Sunderland looked doomed for relegation already, but a growing list of weekend doubts won't help its morale.
Sunderland sit on the brink of relegation after Wednesday's 1-0 lose to Middlesbrough in the Tees-Wear derby.
Sunderland was dealt quite the scare after Billy Jones was momentarily unresponsive after suffering a concussion on Saturday.
David Moyes confirms Billy Jones was taken to hospital as a precaution after he was stretchered off at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Even if it's a very steep, uphill battle, Sunderland earned a critical point in the relegation race in a 1-1 draw with West Ham.
After two-and-a-half months on the training table, Victor Anichebe has returned just in time for Sunderland.
The news just keeps getting worse for David Moyes and Sunderland during the club's seven-match winless streak.
Sunderland need nothing short of a miracle to remain in the top-flight following a comprehensive 3-0 defeat by Manchester United at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland continue to fester in the relegation zone as they gave Manchester United little to worry about in a 0-3 loss.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that he has made a decision about the future of winger Adnan Januzaj.
The only good news for Sunderland on Tuesday night came in the long-awaited return of Lee Cattermole.
Sunderland's woes only continued in a 1-0 loss to Watford on Saturday, and things don't look to be getting any better.
Sunderland will have defender Lamine Kone back for the stretch run after sitting out due to a knee injury.