To be fair, Dick Advocaat also admitted in his post-match e-mail to Monsieur Salut, most of the 40,000+ Sunderland fans there at kickoff and, I’m sure, the few hardy souls left at the end, that there could be no complaints. It was an utterly wretched non-performance, one to make us feel a trace of guilt at the possibility of others failing, too, and keeping us up …
It’s been a very disappointing afternoon, especially after the result last Sunday.
We played really well against Newcastle and we trained really well this week, so the expectations were there; but this game was completely different with a very disappointing outcome.
We worked hard in the first half, without playing well or creating any chances. Palace had lots of opportunities with their pace up front and we just couldn’t handle it. Then after 10 minutes of the second half we gave it away.
The first goal was the turning point but still it was only 1-0; then we gave away another two easy goals.
We can’t complain, there was not a single player that stood out. Now we must improve and we need to be ready when we play Stoke in 14 days’ time.
We have to think about this game, we can’t just ignore it. You can see that we’re missing things and we need to be a lot more physical.
We don’t have a game next week and other teams do, so we’ll know their results but we can’t think about that; we need to do what we need to.
There’s six games to go, starting with Stoke City next.
Thanks for your support,