Malcolm Dawson writes there was no arguing in the North West Corner over the sending off. There was no sense of injustice this time. But what is it with Sunderland, Hull City and red cards? It was obvious that any substitution would upset the balance of the team but the feeling around me was that Altidore, Colback or Bridcutt would have been a better sacrifice than Borini. Personally, I wondered if leaving the ten men who were already there with Ki dropping back might have left more of an attacking threat. But Gus is the man who is paid to make the decisions and in his post match e-mail to M Salut and others he shares his thoughts on a disappointing afternoon.
The team were ready to go and perform and get the three points but the action at the beginning of the first half changed the game completely. It was a disappointing afternoon because we were coming [into the game] with everything in place to go and do well and we put ourselves in a very difficult situation. It was difficult, it reminds me of November when something always happened to go against us and again it did today.
It’s hard because even if you defend well, you know a reaction, a corner, a deflected shot or a good movement can put you on the back foot. You start taking risks and then you start doing things that are not us and it becomes more difficult, like I say, it was not an easy afternoon.
We knew at half time that the next goal was crucial and we needed to start taking risks sooner or later; leaving more offensive players on the pitch than defensive ones. Again, a shot from nowhere hit someone and it flies, even with the perfect spin, for them to head it and then score.
Every time we play against Hull something happens and we are always on the wrong side of the story – I’m pleased we don’t play against them anymore.
Our next game is [against Manchester City] is going to be difficult. It’s something where we need to try and be ourselves and not panic. We can’t or look back too much on this game because it’s not a normal game when you play 85 minutes with 10 men.
We just have to accept it, learn and move on.
All the best,
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