Another your game, another defeat, another ‘don’t worry’ from the boss. Playing the new green away kit, Sunderland (see line-up*) got off to a perfect start in Sacramento, Jack Rodwell finishing well from Emanuele Giaccherini’s pass. There were chances to extend the lead but the Mexican Premier league side were level after 25 minutes, ahead and on top at half time and comfortable winners by the end, Jordan Pickford having to save a second-half penalty. We’re still waiting for Jesse Burch’s Salut! Sunderland ‘Sunderland Out West’ report but here, with a minimum of detail or fuss, is what Dick Advocaat made of it ..
Everyone wants to win the friendly games, but it is about fitness. The day before the game we practiced two times. They were very demanding sessions.
I am focused on making sure we have the right shape and that we know what to do in certain moments against Leicester, physical wise. I have no doubts about that.
It’s the same as what I said after the last game.
We started well in the first 20 minutes.
Every day, you can see the progress. The players need less rest in between the exercises, you can see that.
It is coming. Playing games is the best exercise you can get.
Thanks for your support,
* Sunderland starting XI: Pickford, Matthews, O’Shea, Brown, Jones, Cattermole, Giaccherini, Rodwell, Wickham, Fletcher, Defoe.
Subs: Mannone, Graham, Beadling, Buckley, Bridcutt, Larsson, Watmore.