Sunderland ended arguably their toughest month this season with an away defeat to West Ham United yesterday.

Manchester City were the first team that the Black Cats would face this month, and the Wearsiders produced a fine display despite losing 1-0 through a Sergio Aguero goal. The Black Cats managed to take four points from their next two games against Liverpool and Manchester United, games in which the new signings truly began to make an impact.

With Sunderland entering the final stretch of the season and still one point from safety, Read Sunderland choose their team of the month for February:

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Sport Start slideshow