Salut! Sunderland observes & marks the Lads at Wigan


From today’s Wigan v Sunderland match report in The Observer

Pete Sixsmith, ….

It was ultimately disappointing – if we’d pushed on in the second half, then we could have extended the lead and won. We sat far too deep, lost possession too easily and did not get enough people forward when we broke. That’s not to take anything away from Wigan, who played well, though it constantly amazes me how people like Lee Cattermole, who just go around kicking people, get signed by managers. We did have chances to extend the lead – Kirkland spread himself well to deny Cissé, but Murphy should have kept his head on a cross from Chimbonda with five minutes left. There’s a feeling Keane was looking to not lose, rather than trying to win. We’re still finding our way, trying to find the right formation and way to play, and there was some grumbling on the way out that this was a missed opportunity.

The fan’s player ratings Gordon 7; Chimbonda 6, Nosworthy 7, Ferdinand 8, McCartney 7; Malbranque 7 (Murphy n/a), Whitehead 6, Tainio 7, Richardson 6; Diouf 7; Cissé 6

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