Malcolm Dawson writes…..In his first post match missive to M Salut and the world in general since agreeing to his one year deal, Dick Advocaat reflects on the defeat to a team which our sources rate as no better than a lower Division side of the likes of York City or Hartlepool. Of course it’s only pre-season and what matters is getting the side ready for the upcoming season but I am uneasy about this tour and one or two other goings on at the Club. Maybe it’s just the fact that fifty years of following Sunderland means optimism sits uncomfortably on my shoulders. I’ll save my misgivings for the comments section below. Meanwhile here’s what the big man had to say…..
SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC 1 SUNDERLAND 0
Obviously if you lose it’s not good, but for me it’s more about getting in the right shape for the opening game of the Barclays Premier League season against Leicester.
You could tell that Sacramento are in the middle of their season and we are not yet at the same place and we also had to change the team at the break. A number of the international players have only been back a few days, but we still have another two games here.
We need to get into better shape and we will get there. The result is never as important in pre-season. The players are training hard and that’s more important than the way we play at the minute.
Thanks for your support,