As the Black Cats sank without trace, gloating fans chanted: “Paolo Di Canio, we’re taking the p***.”
But Di Canio insisted that was the least of his problems as his side were plunged back into the relegation mix.
He said: “I don’t mind what they sang. That wasn’t an issue for me.
“They just added another 2,000 bad words to the millions I have received in my career.
“It’s not a problem, the real problem is when my team perform in this way.
“We have to play our next game against Stoke as if it’s our last game of the season. We must not think there are still three games to go and we only need three points.
“Right now points are like food to us and we need another three points to stay alive.”