Paolo Di Canio was honest enough after the Southampton game to admit in his post-match e-mail, exclusive to us and probably 35,000 others, that a win for Sunderland would have been fortunate. He did not explain why he finished a game with three strikers when we were desperately trying to defend a narrow lead …
It was a tough game away from home, the players have worked their socks off and we nearly came away with all three points.
Maybe we wouldn’t have deserved that, but last week we did deserve to win and that didn’t work for us either.
We looked very good after taking the lead; physical presence is important during set pieces but if you’re an intelligent player and work well you can have the same effect, this is what Giaccherini did to get his goal and he took it very well.
He wanted a goal and now and he has his first, I hope it will be a big lift for him and he can go and push on.
Overall, I think we did well in the game, there were a few moments when we were under pressure where we should have done better.
We were punished late in the game and it was a poor goal to concede. We must make sure we learn from this mistake that is very important for the team.
Coming away with one point is good enough for today, now we move on and we start to look ahead to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
All the best,
Paolo Di Canio
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