Seen from afar on a small screen it is still obvious that PDC wants his team to work hard, close down the opposition and play positive football. We may only have had a couple of chances and, as Spurs fans were quick to remind us, it was only a pre-season game but there is surely something to build on. This was a PDC not a MON display. As the manager tells M. Salut in his personal post match e-mail, the players are buying into his ideas and whilst there is still work to be done, things are on the up. Oh and the fans (including Goldy major) were fantastic.
I was very pleased with the game for the general condition. Yesterday we had a double training session; Manchester City only one.
It was just a few days after the Tottenham game, and on a very heavy pitch. It’s obvious we have to work hard to do better.
There are players with very good quality; they already understand my philosophy. Some still have to fully understand what I want, but this is normal. It’s only been a short time; just 23 days.
When you have a lot of new faces and you’re trying to bond and change mentality you have ups and downs, but I didn’t see any downs today, which is good.
It’s obvious we have to work hard but it’s not about the result. We are improving – we’ve only had 23 days together – new faces, new mentality – but when we kept the ball we created chances. I’m very satisfied.
The fans – what can I say? Thanks, thanks, thanks. They were amazing once again – everyone who travelled from Sunderland, from England, from all around the world and of course the local fans here.
All the best,
Paolo Di Canio
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