Moyes on the Boys: ‘thrilled for Paddy McNair after double at QPR’

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Colin Randall writes: Here are David Moyes’s thoughts – as expressed in his post-match e-mail to me and thousands more – on the 2-1 win that earned Sunderland a 4th Round EFL Cup tie at Southampton …

Dear Colin,

I thought we did some good things tonight, especially in the second half.

I didn’t think we deserved to go a goal down when we did.

We just lacked the experienced forward players tonight who maybe could have finished the game off earlier, but some of our play was good.

When we went a goal down we needed to get ourselves back in the game. As I said, we didn’t deserve to go behind. Their goalkeeper made two great saves in the first half.

We played some good stuff and I’m just glad we got through as it’s always a tough game coming here.

I’m pleased for Paddy McNair because it’s been a slow burner for him. He can score a goal – he has history and used to play as a number 10 as a boy before dropping back eventually.

He’s technically very good and connects with and strikes the ball very well.

When we went a goal down we didn’t look like scoring – we had opportunities but nothing was going in.

We changed things around and Paddy got a couple of goals for us coming in off the left.

Didier [Ndong] was great on the right. We played him a bit wider tonight and he did very well.

[On Saturday] we need to play better than we have been and go into the game with confidence.

It feels good to win, so we’ll build on that and take it into the game on Saturday.

Thanks for your support,

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David Moyes

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