To many of us who, one way or the other, saw the 2-0 defeat at Stoke City, this was a Sunderland display that insulted those occupying another sell-out away end and suggested the record for the lowest number of Premier League points, currently 11 and held by Derby County, will be returning to Wearside. For David Moyes, however, it was a game we ought to have taken a point from. Mmm. Consider his post-match e-mail to Monsieur Salut and a few others ..
I’m disappointed that we’ve left with nothing from the game. I didn’t think we played as badly as the half time result suggested.
There were some spells of good play, and I told the players that at half time. But we made mistakes for their first goal; our defending was poor.
After that we hung in and we kept at it, but again further mistakes led to their second. Jordan [Pickford] made a great save from the corner and then they had a shot from the edge of the box and scored. We should have done better.
Just before their second I didn’t think we’d done that badly, I’d hoped to go in at half time at 1-0 and then come back out and build on the positive spells we had been having.
We did better in the second half. We didn’t concede any goals and Jermain [Defoe] almost scored when he hit the post. There was some good stuff, but we just didn’t take our opportunities.
The injuries are part of football, you have to get on; our team is very inexperienced at the minute and losing Patrick [van Aanholt] midway through the game didn’t help, but nevertheless we stuck at it.
The fans were brilliant today; you could hear them throughout the game. As long as they’re a part of this club it’ll always be great.
Thanks for your support,