Malcolm Dawson writes….Pete Sixsmith is the most resilient of the Salut! Sunderland regulars. While M Salut was tied up entertaining long distance relatives, John McCormick was fighting his own relegation battle in the Merseyside Chess League or whatever and I was occupied in my post retirement part time career opportunity in Lytham St Annes, Pete was at the Riverside suffering ……again! His seven word summation suggests that he and our manager differ in their opinions as to how tonight’s match went if this post match e-mail is anything to go by…
I’m disappointed that we didn’t get a win because we needed one tonight. I have told the players that if we had played like that for the majority of games this season then we would’ve given ourselves a better chance of winning more.
I thought tonight we passed it well and we kept it when we had it. We had control of the game which is something we have lacked in other games this season. We tried to mix it up and we went long to Victor (Anichebe) at times and we did a lot of good things but not the things that really matter.
We didn’t score at their end and we didn’t defend as well as we could’ve done when they had their two chances. Jordan (Pickford) made a good save for us but ultimately it was up to us to make chances and score goals.
We did some good things and we got into some good areas.
We threatened tonight but the threatening didn’t come to anything and nothing really dropped in the right positions for us.