Martin O’Neill saw the same match as us and correctly identified a massive improvement in confidence and also some bad luck. How well we played and how unlucky we were are both open to debate. The simple truth is that we should not have allowed a lead to be overturned as it was – and we should have taken more than one of the four clear first-half chances …
The game should have been out of sight by half time. We played brilliantly and should have been three goals up before the break.
We defended very strongly in the second half but then we were hit by two goals.
When you consider we were playing a side like Everton, who are aiming for the Champions League, I thought we were outstanding.
We created chance after chance and looked much more confident.
I don’t think anybody in the ground thought that we didn’t deserve the goal at the stroke of half time. I think the goal we got was probably harder to score than the two early chances that we missed.
See also: Monsieur Salut’s assessment at ESPN … http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/562?cc=5739
and Sixer’s seven-word verdict here
[Stephane] Sessegnon and [Steven] Fletcher both had chances and it was disappointing that they went wide.
We showed great spirit and determination today and the result is hard to take.
We lost the game but we shouldn’t have. It wasn’t through lack of effort, commitment or determination.
We will come good.
All the best,