Malcolm Dawson writes…….you’d think that after more than 40 years of following Sunderland AFC I’d have learned not to build up my hopes and adopt an optimistic view of things to come. After enduring the debacles of the Leicester and Norwich games I thought there was enough evidence against Spurs to show we had turned a corner. I wasn’t wrong but the corner we turned only took us back to where we started from. I didn’t go to the Vitality Stadium today. I didn’t even go to a Northern League game having seen Crook win 4-1 in their local derby at Willington last night. I settled instead in the sunshine with a crossword and the Radio Newcastle commentary. After ten minutes I wished I had gone out. Listening to the radio was bad enough but I can imagine still what it was like being there. It’s not like it’s a new experience after all. Expect Pete Sixsmith’s account of the day sometime tomorrow but for now read what Meneer Advocaat has to say about today’s woeful performance which, together with a faltering Stoke City and equally bad results for The Mags and The Villa is quickly turning the relegation battle into a four club race so early in the season.
Last Sunday we played really well, we lined up well and we fought for the ball. I didn’t see as much of that today and that was what I was hoping to see more of. We could not find the passion and aggression that we needed when you’re playing against a team like Bournemouth. We gave two poor goals away and we need to take a look in the mirror and try and find out what we’re doing wrong.
I would say we have more quality in our side than Bournemouth, but today they brought more commitment and you can see what that can do for a team. If [Jeremain] Lens had been given the goal it might have been different, but that wasn’t the case. Then [Younes] Kaboul was shown a second yellow card; we just didn’t have any luck.
Two points after six games is not enough. I am not downbeat, I am thinking about how to fix things. I’m happy with my squad, we are good enough to stay up but we have to work harder.
It’s a shame for the fans, we are all well-paid and today they paid good money to come to the game and they deserved better; we will try harder for them.
Thanks for your support,